SVSU sees increase in the education program

Recently, SVSU has seen a significant increase in the number of students pursuing teacher certification.

Currently 146 students are pursuing teacher certification compared to 126 last year.

Part of this large growth can be attributed to a new partnership between SVSU and Saginaw Public Schools. The partnership is meant for employees of the school district who currently possess a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain teacher certification.

SVSU president Donald Bachand spoke on this new partnership.

“I would like to express appreciation for the dedication of our colleagues in the College of Education, who worked quickly and effectively over the summer with Saginaw Public Schools to develop this new partnership to address that district’s acute need for more teachers,” Bachand said.

There are 23 students currently pursuing teacher certification at SVSU that are enrolled through the partnership.

Bachand highlighted another partnership that has recently been established.

“We also have a new partnership with MyMichigan Health, allowing their employees to complete degrees at SVSU in areas of critical need, such as nursing, laboratory science, finance, computer science and more.”

Bachand spoke on the value of these relationships with local organizations and businesses:

“These innovative relationships with regional employers are critical to our mission of meeting the talent needs of our region and state,” he said.

In addition to those recent improvements, SVSU announced that its current freshman class has the highest entering GPA on record.

The SVSU community welcomed 1,337 freshmen this fall, and the class holds an average GPA of 3.59. This is slightly higher than last year’s entering freshmen.

SVSU is also four years strong in its title of “best dorms” among all public universities in the U.S. according to the Niche Website.

There are 2,250 students currently residing on campus. This number is higher than the last two years, as the number decreased during the pandemic.

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