History from 1990-99

1990

  • The reading center and clinic in the 90s.

    The reading center and clinic in the '90s.

    The Department of Consumer Resources and Technology transfers from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences to become a department in the College of Education. The same year, the department's International Study Program conducts its first annual trip abroad. It also assumes directorship of the Sara Swickard Preschool, although the on campus preschool continues to be administered by the Division of Student Affairs, which had founded it.
  • Dr. Charles Hodge becomes the new dean of the College of Education, replacing Dr. Arnold Gallegos.
  • The Reading Center and Clinic becomes an official training site for the Reading Recovery Program, a national program with sites all over the country. The program trains first-grade teachers in intensive short-term help for students who are struggling in the beginning stages of reading.
  • In the March issue of the "Network," the dean of the College of Education discusses the debate on whether or not to make Sangren Hall a smoke-free building.

1991

  • The Department of Consumer Resources and Technology introduces a ten month graduate program in dietetics.

1992

  • Dr. Charles Hodge retires as dean of the College of Education.

1994

  • The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation moves into office, classroom and lab facilities in WMU's new Student Recreation Center, its permanent home.
  • The Department of Consumer Resources and Technology renames its vocational education section career and technical education, which now consists of all of the department's undergraduate programs. The department educates all prospective secondary teachers in the fields of home economics, vocational education and business education.

1995

  • Dr. Donald Thompson becomes the new dean of the College of Education.
  • The Department of Consumer Resources and Technology is renamed the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

1996

  • Dr. Frank Rapley becomes the new dean of the College of Education, replacing Dr. Donald Thompson.
  • The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation initiates its Unified Sports Program, the adult version of the Special Olympics that involves both community and student volunteers. This is the first such program offered on a university campus.
  • The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences chair co-develops curriculum materials for Michigan's custodial grandparent support groups. It becomes a nationally recognized program and its published materials are widely used.
  • The Reading Center and Clinic is remodeled and renamed the Dorothy J. McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic.
  • The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology now offers the Ph.D. in counseling psychology, as well as the Ed.D.

1997

  • The Department of Family and Consumer Science's interior design program earns six-year accreditation, the longest term of accreditation granted by the National Foundation for Interior Design Research. The department's dietetics program earns national accreditation the same year.

1998

  • The College of Education restructures itself into its current five departments: counselor education and counseling psychology; educational studies; family and consumer sciences; health, physical education and recreation; teaching, learning and leadership. The former Department of Special Education is now part of the Department of Educational Studies, which administers the former Department of Educational Leadership's Ph.D. program in measurement, research and evaluation. The Ed.D., specialist and master's programs of the former Department of Educational Leadership now make up a unit of seven full-time faculty in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership.
  • The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation's Special Olympics program earns for WMU the Special Olympics Michigan Outstanding School Award.
  • The Department of Educational Studies begins its project for training teachers to accommodate special needs students in science classrooms: Science Education-Adapted Learning for Students.

1999

  • Faculty from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership launch and maintain the Oak Park (Michigan) Project, an on-site graduate program that meets the specific needs of this transforming urban school system.
  • Kent County launches a pilot program of services for custodial grandparents, coordinated by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership.