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A message from Paula C. Wood, Dean, College of Education
Our Goals and Needs
Wayne State University was incorporated as a state institution in 1956, making us very young compared to our sister research institutions, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Still, we have made significant contributions to higher education in the state of Michigan over the years, and have attained a Carnegie Foundation rating of Doctoral/Research - Extensive, a distinction held by only four Michigan universities and only 3.8 percent of universities nationwide. Wayne State University is the only Michigan institution with a teaching, research and urban service mission; of that we are very proud.
To continue to improve our work in these three vital areas in an era of decreased state funding, we need to generate more private philanthropic funds.
Every student deserves highly qualified teachers and all schools need excellent teachers, school psychologists, counselors and administrators. Our needs here in the College of Education relate particularly to providing well-prepared professionals for schools, the foundation of economic structure and society. Our goal is to provide individuals who are successfully prepared to serve the children and young adults in our state. We also prepare experts in adult learning and workplace learning to enhance a Michigan workforce that by necessity has to learn new skills for an increasingly diverse economy.
It costs a great deal to prepare the qualified personnel and learning environment all schools deserve. There are many areas of need in the college for which gifts can make a significant difference, especially in a time of increasing college costs and decreasing state support . We face many challenges in reaching our goal of providing quality programs in these difficult times. The university now depends significantly more on private gifts to realize its goals.
We are constantly striving to meet these challenges. I hope you will take a moment to review the College of Education's Goals for the future. We are counting on you to become our partner in the challenging and rewarding endeavor of professional preparation in education. Your help is much needed and much appreciated!
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