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Ramona Wood Hall
Dean John B. Hammett

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The objective for institutional development in the College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) is multifaceted given the diversity of the college. This is dictated by the current makeup of the college in having three service units and seven academic departments offering seventeen undergraduate majors and thirteen graduate majors. As a result, the needs are great throughout the CEPS.

The greatest need for the college is the renovation of, and an addition to, Ramona Wood Hall. It may be surprising to note that not a single brick has been laid in the name of teacher education at JSU since 1968. Yet, teacher education has grown significantly in enrollment and focus. The vision is to build a new facility that will serve to educate 21st century teachers, counselors, and administrators. The new Ramona Wood Hall will also serve as a resource for practicing educators through professional development and as an enrichment center for public school students and parents. The new facility will include a state of the art technology infrastructure that will support distance education programs as well as skill development in numerous educational technologies.

Inasmuch as the need for a new education facility is great, CEPS departments located in other parts of the campus have their vision for growth and improvement as well. The Departments of Applied Engineering, Family and Consumer Science, Communications, and Health, Physical Education, and Recreation all have a vision for the future. These visions for the 21st century include funding for up-to-date equipment, educational technology, endowed academic chairs, scholarships, and facility improvements.

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