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UW School of Education No. 1 among public institutions in U.S. News ranking

March 11, 2014

U.S. News & World Report released its annual graduate school rankings on Tuesday, and according to the latest version of this index UW-Madison’s School of Education is No. 1 among public institutions.

Education BuildingThe U.S. News graduate school rankings slot UW-Madison’s School of Education fifth overall, behind only Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Harvard University and Stanford University. The University of Pennsylvania, another private institution, is tied with UW-Madison at No. 5.

“The quality of our School of Education remains strong and, in fact, continues to grow,” says UW-Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood. “We’re very happy to be recognized as one of the leading schools of education in the country for graduate education, but we also realize these rankings are just one measure among many.”

U.S. News sent surveys to 356 schools granting doctoral degrees, with 245 providing data that the publication used to calculate rankings based on 10 measures. These measures include quality assessments based on surveys filled out by education school deans and deans of graduate studies.  Other measures include student selectivity and faculty resources statistics, and research activity. (For more information on U.S. News' methodology, click here.)

This marks the 15th time in the past 16 years that, according to U.S. News, UW-Madison has maintained a top 10 ranking among all schools of education. UW-Madison is the only Big Ten Conference institution to crack the top 10 each year since 2010.

Julie Underwood“The School of Education is dedicated to quality,” says Underwood. “Over the last few years we have renovated a number of our programs and branched into emerging fields.  We are committed to continuing to improve education and educational outcomes for all students through high quality research and strong partnerships with the education community.”

UW-Madison’s School of Education also continues its amazing run of being home to the top-ranked program in the Curriculum/Instruction category. UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction has been No. 1 every year since 2001, according to U.S. News.

“This demonstrates that our department clearly continues to be a center of excellence in curriculum and instruction nationwide, and that this ranking is a testament to the seriousness with which our faculty members take their roles as true scholars, engaging in research at the very cutting edge,” says Professor John Rudolph, the chair of UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction.  “This honor, in addition, shows that our new faculty members are helping us maintain and build on the excellence our department is known for around the world.”

U.S. News 2015 logoIn all, seven UW-Madison education specialty programs were ranked among the top three nationally. Unlike the overall rankings, these specialty rankings for the various programs are based solely on nominations by education deans and deans of graduate studies who were asked to select up to 10 programs of excellence in each specialty.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of the Best Education Graduate Schools, UW-Madison programs ranked by education school deans and deans of graduate studies include:

• First in Curriculum/Instruction

• Second in Educational Psychology

• Second in Administration/Supervision

• Second in Elementary Teacher Education

• Third in Student Counseling/Personnel Services

• Third in Education Policy

• Third in Secondary Teacher Education

• Seventh in Special Education

Not all programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report each year.

To see how programs across the UW-Madison campus were ranked in the 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools, check out this University Communications article.

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