Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Our world is faced with a number of critical challenges – flooding and wildfires, mass shootings, economic inequalities, political fractures, and achievement gaps in learning, just to name a few.

An educated citizenry is at the heart of our democracy and essential for solving many of these dire issues. What gives me hope and inspiration are all of you – our faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and friends. Together, we will continue the hard work of making our world a better, safer one.

UI College of Education Dean Daniel Clay
Dean Daniel Clay

Many of you are at the forefront of innovating, creating, and collaborating. Our faculty continue to conduct cutting-edge research that develops solutions to providing better teaching and learning for everyone.  In fact, this past year, our faculty garnered $12.5 million in research-related grants, up more than 50 percent from the previous year.

Our values of embracing diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded in everything that we do. While we continually strive for improvement, we are proud of our college’s commitment to identifying solutions to help us diversify our teaching workforce. In fact, our college was recognized this past year with an Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Award for its commitment to continuous improvement.

While many colleges of education have been experiencing declining enrollments, our Teacher Education Program continues to grow, attracting high caliber students from across the state and nation. We are proud that our program offers unique opportunities for our students such as our required Teacher Leader Certificate, which added a new Social Emotional Learning track.

This certificate provides the ability to be nimble, responding to real-time feedback from administrators and educators, offering professional development and training to develop teacher leaders equipped with the tools to succeed in 21stcentury classrooms.

We are also expanding our global education initiatives, providing more opportunities for all of our students – undergraduates and graduates – to teach, conduct research, learn, and serve abroad. You’ll learn more about them in this year’s annual report.

We are proud that three of our online academic graduate programs ranked 5th nationally in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Education Programs rankings. Many of our other graduate programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, thanks to our exceptional faculty and graduate students. 

You’ll read about one of those students, Elizabeth Getachew, and the important work she does working with local schools – just one of many examples of our commitment to communities, through collaboration and engagement.

None of these achievements would be possible without your support. I hope you enjoy reading this year’s annual report, and thank you for partnering with us to help solve the crucial challenges that face us. 

Sincerely,

Daniel L. Clay, PhD, MBA
Dean and Professor

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