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Michigan State University Spartans work to advance the common good in uncommon ways. The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratised higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world - on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation - and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

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Average Americans don’t view science issues the same way scientists do. Man image via www.shutterstock.com.

Scientists and public disagree, but let’s not get too excited

A new set of surveys of scientists and the public finds the two groups have widely different views about scientific issues. Conducted by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association…
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Charter schools: fabulous or failures?

Depending on who you ask, charter schools may be either an important solution to persistent educational inequality, or a misguided attack on public schools as Americans know them. Both sides are firmly…
But can the promise be delivered? President Obama at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, TN Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Free access to community college benefits students but not the nation

Last week, President Barack Obama announced a proposal to guarantee that students could attend a community college for free for their first two years. The announcement was one in a series of previews of…
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Learning to speak English? Making yourself understood isn’t all about the accent

Being able to communicate effectively in a foreign language is a challenge faced by many of us. If you’re a newcomer to a country, conveying a message in a language that is not your mother tongue is often…
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Markets alone don’t raise standards in private schools

As the coalition government’s free schools continue to stir heated debate, the problem of how to maintain and raise standards and quality is front and centre. To tackle it, MPs have been looking more and…

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