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FSU Higher Education program rated exemplary by peers

The Program in Higher Education within Florida State University’s College of Education has been rated exemplary in a polling of faculty in the field at more than 100 universities. The study was conducted by Marybelle Keim, a researcher at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The project is a replication of one she conducted in the early 1980s. […]

Making the grade: Immigrant children keep academic pace with peers

Far from being a burden on the educational system, research from Florida State University shows immigrant children perform as well as or better than their same-race, American-born counterparts. FSU Sociology Professor Kathryn Harker Tillman found that first- and second- generation children are no more likely than their third-generation peers to have to repeat a grade […]

Report: Economic freedom key to lifting poor nations out of poverty

Economic freedom has a greater impact than foreign aid in helping people in poor nations escape poverty, according to Florida State University Economics Professor James Gwartney, the co-author of the just-released 10th edition of the Economic Freedom of the World: 2006 Annual Report. This year’s report features new research by economist William Easterly of New […]

Teen career plans out of sync with reality, FSU study says

So your high school senior says she wants to be a doctor. Great news, right? It is if she’s got the talent and the grades to back up her ambition. Unfortunately, the goals of too many teens now outpace what they are likely to achieve, a problem that can lead to wasted time and resources, […]

FSU study: Hurricane preparedness good for employee morale

Hurricanes have ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast for the past three years—a trend predicted to continue over the next decade. In response, a number of companies in the region have developed plans to deal with hurricanes before, during and after their onset. Now, a Florida State University researcher has studied how the development of such […]

New dean named at FSU’s top-10-ranked College of Human Sciences

Florida State University’s nationally top-10-ranked College of Human Sciences has just begun its second century, and soon it will welcome a new leader as well. FSU Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence G. Abele has announced the appointment of Billie J. Collier of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as the college’s dean. Collier will succeed Penny […]

FSU researcher’s work on unmanned ground vehicles could save soldiers’ lives

Over the past three years, thousands of American soldiers in Iraq have been horribly injured or killed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The explosives, placed near or buried under roadways and often detonated by remote control, frequently target U.S. military vehicles and convoys—often with deadly success. At Florida State University, one researcher is working on […]

FSU study finds high levels of satisfaction with Florida’s state parks

Researchers at Florida State University have submitted findings of a recent yearlong survey of Florida state park visitors to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The study, conducted as part of a contract between the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks and FSU’s Program in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration, assessed visitor […]

FSU higher education program ranked 13th in nation

The Florida State University College of Education’s higher-education program is ranked 13th among all higher-education administration programs in the nation in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2007 listing of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” “Recognition in such a widely known and used publication is a testament to the quality of the programs in Higher Education,” said […]

FSU professor announces grants to hurricane-devasted libraries

It’s been said that nobody graduated from a library, but nobody graduated without one. That’s why Florida State University College of Information Professor Eliza T. Dresang is taking part in an effort to rebuild school libraries devastated by last summer’s hurricanes. As a member of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries advisory committee, Dresang […]

FSU autism study may lead to early detection, intervention

There is a critical need to define the social communication characteristics of very young children with autism in order to develop early detection and intervention programs A $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders will help Florida State University Professor Amy Wetherby do just that. […]

FSU gets grant to address shortage of social workers for elderly

The number of new social workers who want to work with senior citizens is decreasing despite an aging population that needs their services. The Florida State University College of Social Work is doing its part to recruit and train social workers to work with older adults, thanks to a three-year grant from the New York […]