When Jean Quam became Dean she identified three pillars to guide the work of the new college: Excellence in Research; Technology and Innovation; and Diversity and Internationalization. Some of CEHD’s notable achievements during Dean Quam’s tenure are noted below.
Excellence in Research
- Research Centers – The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) recently marked its 30th year by celebrating its commitment to people with disabilities. The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) links research and practice in Minnesota schools. The new Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) integrates basic research and practitioner training. CEHD research support has increased dramatically, with over $51.5 million in external funding last year and 260 professionals involved in research.
- The Institute of Child Development is consistently ranked as the #1 program of its kind in the world, focused on cutting-edge research and innovative interventions.
Technology and Innovation
- Multiple Pathways to Teacher Licensure – Working with school districts, foundations and unions, CEHD designed and implemented two pathways to teaching to diversify the teaching force, one in a particularly high-need licensure area (K-12 Emotional Behavioral Disorders special education,): the Minneapolis Residency Program (24 Students) and EBD program (23 students) — accounted for a total of 47 new teachers, many being teachers of color. We also will be starting a new Dual Language and Immersion Elementary Education pathway to licensure in January 2017. We expect 30 students in the first cohort, and a large percentage of these individuals are bilingual and teachers of color.
- Open Textbook Network – Dean Quam and CEHD Director of Academic and Information Technology David Ernst created the groundbreaking Open Textbook Network, a catalog of more than 200 open-source, free textbooks available to teachers and students, saving students hundreds of dollars per year. The OTN now includes more than 30 partners and 100 campuses nationwide, with plans to expand the program to high schools and universities overseas.
- Flipgrid – Developed by CEHD faculty and students, the Flipgrid app, a social video collaboration tool designed for use by teachers and their students, has been praised for its innovation, earning recognition with Webby Awards, a Davey Award for Interactive Education and W3 Silver Awards for Web Education.
- Education Technology Innovations – Developed an incubator to commercialize products that are developed by faculty and staff.
Diversity and Internationalization
- Retention Rate – CEHD returns 97% of first-year students after the first year, one of the highest retention rates in the university. Dean Quam has placed an emphasis on diversity at CEHD. Over 45% of incoming freshmen are students of color.
- International Efforts – The college includes nearly 300 international students representing 51 countries. Several new funds support the goal of all students having the opportunity to have an international experience.
- Capital Campaign – In 2012, Dean Quam set a new goal for CEHD: “Improving Lives.” Part of this includes an ambitious capital campaign, with a goal of raising $62 million by 2018. Fueled by CEHD’s leadership on education and social issues, the campaign has been a great success, and has currently raised more than $50 million, well ahead of pace. Over 74% of current faculty and staff have contributed to the campaign.
- ImprovingLives.org – Our weekly research blog shares our knowledge and insights on education and human development research that promises practical solutions to improve readers’ lives.