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Associate Dean and Professor Michael McLendon comments on Texas A&M’s audit for cost efficiencies in the Bryan-College Station newspaper, The Eagle. McLendon’s scholarship focuses on governance, finance and public policy in higher education. Read article here.
In June 2013 President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush are traveling to Livingstone, Zambia, where they will work alongside local Zambians, U.S. embassy officials and George W. Bush Institute staff to renovate a clinic that when completed, will serve as a cervical cancer screening and treatment center. Four SMU students are among the group of volunteers who are helping renovate the clinic. They are joined by Eric G. Bing, professor of global health in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and senior fellow and director for global health at the Bush Institute. Posted here are excerpts from their blog at bushcenter.org/blog.
Dean Chard comments on The National Council on Teacher Quality’s first national report reviewing schools of education. The blog exchange is with DMN editorial writer, Bill McKenzie. Read more.
SMU Simmons has been recognized by The International Dyslexia Association as one of nine university teacher training programs that meets the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. The distinction is for Simmons’ Master of Education in Reading and Writing.
To learn more about the IDA standards, click here.
Associate Professor Michael Harris, director of Simmons’ higher education program, weighs in on the Supreme Court decision regarding UT’s admissions policies using race as a factor. To read the Dallas Morning News article, click here.
We believe NCTQ’s mission to examine and review teacher preparation in education schools is one important step in understanding teacher quality across the nation.
SMU Simmons collaborated with NCTQ early in 2010 when it assessed teacher training programs in Texas. SMU was cited as being one of four Texas schools with a strong overall design. In this year’s national report, we also were highly rated for strong design in early reading–only one of three in the country to receive the designation.
Getting good students to enter our programs is a strong component of our school and university. Simmons received a perfect score in selection criteria. We also received a perfect score in outcomes because of our efforts to survey and track students, and to secure growth data.
We believe this year’s report gives us some good information for improvement, and we plan on taking action to enhance areas where NCTQ noted we fell short.
There are significant discrepancies in the report about what we do to prepare our students, but we will be making updates to NCTQ’s portal to correct the record. To read the report click here.
Biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to carry out a scientific study of the unsavory practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports.
Eric Bing, Simmons faculty member and a senior fellow and director of global health initiatives at the Bush Institute wrote an op-ed for Forbes about the accessibility of health care. Read the article here.
Bing just co-authored Pharmacy on a Bicycle about bringing health care around the world by using an entrepreneurial approach.
David Pogue, host of PBS NOVA, visits with Associate Professor Peter Weyand, director of the Performance Locomotor Lab at SMU Simmons. Weyand is an internationally recognized expert in human velocity and NOVA features him in a segment called, “Making Stuff Faster,” which broadcasts fall 2013. For a slideshow with audio click here.