Governor Rick Snyder is calling on Michigan to increase its emphasis on early childhood education and Saginaw Valley State University’s academic programs are poised to prepare graduates in this critical area.
All 28 SVSU students who completed master’s degrees in early childhood education in 2013 are currently employed in the field.
"It's a dynamite program with dynamite faculty,” said Mary Harmon, dean of the College of Education. “They not only teach students, they mentor them throughout the program and take a personal interest in the students."
Harmon and her colleagues appreciate the governor’s call for increased spending – $65 million – on early childhood programs.
"Students who receive sound early childhood education are far more likely to be successful throughout their educational career," Harmon said.
Debra Lively, SVSU professor of teacher education, has spent three decades in the field and is elated at the increased attention for early learners.
"I applaud Gov. Snyder's efforts for being proactive and helping to enhance early childhood education," Lively said. "For years, the literature and data has said early childhood education is important to development. Those children who don't have a voice - they're finally getting a voice."
Lively pointed out that SVSU has recognized the need for years now, including recently when leaders retooled some of the university's academic programs. In 2010, SVSU added a special education endorsement component to its early childhood education program, which includes a master's of arts in teaching program for early childhood education.
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Heather was in competition with graduate students from nine other ACHE Higher Education Network (HEN) graduate programs in the state of Michigan including University of Michigan, University of Michigan-Flint, Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and more. Click here for a complete list of ACHE HEN schools.
The criteria for the award is: • Student in one of the MHEGA or GLACHE Higher Education Network programs • Student affiliate/member of ACHE • Demonstration of leadership within his/her program • Participation / support of local Chapter events / programs
Marilyn Skrocki, JD, MBA, MISM, MSHAL Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Health Sciences nominated Heather for the award. Marilyn points out that one of the many reasons she nominated Heather is because “her enthusiasm to learn how a healthcare leader is more than a good manager and how she applies what she learns to volunteer and employment opportunities inspires me.” In the nomination letter Marilyn wrote of Heather’s many achievements, "Her leadership extends to volunteer opportunities at McLaren Bay Hospital in a variety of departments. She volunteered with a speech-language pathologist during the summers of 2009-2012. Since enrollment in the Master of Science Health Administration and Leadership program at SVSU, she continued her volunteer work within the quality department and with the patient representative. Additionally, she has volunteered as a tutor for the Literacy Council of Bay County.”
Heather is very honored to have received the 2013 Michigan Regent's Award for Outstanding Student. "I would like to thank Marilyn Skrocki for the nomination and guidance throughout my experience in the Master of Science in Health Leadership program at SVSU" states Heather. "The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is a wonderful organization that provides networking opportunities, research materials, career assistance and other resources to become successful in the ever changing world of healthcare. I would encourage more students to become involved with ACHE and take advantage of the various resources this professional organization has to offer."
Heather is also in the process of registering her dog as a therapy dog to work with students in classrooms and patients in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, etc.
Saginaw Valley State University will begin offering a Master of Science in Nursing- Nursing Education Program at the University Center of Gaylord in May 2013. Graduates of the program will be prepared to teach in a clinical setting, in an associate’s degree program, or as a clinical instructor in a bachelor’s degree program.
“There is definitely a need for qualified clinical faculty in northern Michigan and throughout the state,” said Judy Ruland, dean of SVSU’s College of Health and Human Services.
Interested students and the public are invited to a ceremony to introduce the new program Friday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Center of Gaylord.
Students in the program will be required to complete 39 credits over two years. Courses will be offered in a hybrid format, combining online learning with classroom instruction. Classes will meet at the University Center of Gaylord every other week. The remaining course work will be completed online.
Over the course of the program, students will complete 180 hours of field experience in the role of a nurse educator in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.
Those interested in applying should have a bachelor’s degree in nursing with at least a 3.0 GPA and should be licensed to practice nursing in the state of Michigan. Two letters of recommendation, a written essay, and an interview are required to be accepted into the program.
For an application packet, contact SVSU Graduate Admissions at (989) 964-6096 or email@example.com. For more information, contact SVSU Graduate Nursing Coordinator Karen Brown-Fackler at (989) 964-2185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saginaw Valley State University was named an outstanding business school in “The Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition,” a publication from The Princeton Review.
“We’re pleased to see our MBA program recognized this way, particularly because the ranking is based on what our students have to say about the quality of their education here,” said Jill Wetmore, dean of the College of Business and Management.
The review, published by Random House and released Oct. 9, includes annual rankings based on student surveys. More than 19,000 opinions were taken into account from students who attend the best 296 attributed MBA programs in the world.
Robert Franek, senior vice president for Princeton Review said, “We consider Saginaw Valley State University one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book - 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international - based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools.”
One SVSU student majoring in public education and government service said in their survey they liked SVSU's perspective that focuses on small business.
One sales and marketing student at SVSU told the Review, “The professors and administration staff continue to teach and learn business practices that shape the students of the MBA program. They have consistently encouraged effective teamwork, communication, entrepreneurialism, and globalization.”
Another SVSU student shared, “Administration has made things very easy for most MBA candidates. They are pretty supportive when you have other work requirements.”
The publication includes a two-page profile on each school, containing write-ups on academics, career and placement, student life and school's environment, and admissions. Each profile has ratings for academic experience, admissions selectivity, and career services. It retails for $22.99. The Princeton Review is distinguished for its respected college rankings in many classifications based on how students rate their schools. It doesn't rank the schools from 1 to 296, nor does it name one business school the best overall. The Review has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in several categories by giving students an 80-question survey. The survey asked students to rate multiple characteristics of their schools containing questions on their professors and fellow classmates. Some rankings are based on data that was reported by the schools.