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U.S. News again ranks UW-Madison School of Education No. 1 among public institutions

March 16, 2016

For the third consecutive year, UW-Madison’s School of Education is rated No. 1 among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s annual graduate school rankings released Wednesday.

According to the "2017 Best Education Schools" index, the U.S. News graduate school rankings slot UW-Madison’s School of Education fourth overall, behind only Stanford University, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University. Last year, UW-Madison ranked fifth overall.

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“It is an honor to again be recognized as one of the finest schools of education by U.S. News and World Report,” says UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess. “Our School’s excellence is rooted in a talented faculty and staff –- many of whom are nationally and internationally known for their research addressing critical issues facing our world today. Our faculty and staff work actively and passionately to serve their students and the community while living the Wisconsin Idea.”

To calculate overall education school rankings, U.S. News explains that it sent surveys to 376 schools granting doctoral degrees, with 255 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; student selectivity; faculty resource figures; and research activity. (More information about the U.S. News methodology is available here.)

In addition to its overall rank, UW-Madison’s School of Education continues to house several of the most highly regarded specialty programs in the nation.  In rankings compiled by U.S. News over the past year, UW-Madison’s School of Education is home to No. 1-ranked programs in the categories of Curriculum/Instruction, Educational Psychology and Printmaking, which is housed in the School’s Art Department.

UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction has been No. 1 every year since 2001, according to U.S. News.

“While it is always a thrill to see individuals honored for their scholarly contributions, these rankings are special because they recognize the collective contributions of a rare group of faculty,” says Elizabeth Graue, Sorenson Professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “The No. 1 ranking is certainly reflective of our most senior colleagues with storied careers but it is also recognition of newer scholars who are the future. The future looks bright.”

SoE Rankings March 2016Similarly, this marks the fifth time in the past six years that UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Psychology has earned the top spot.

"It is a pleasure and an honor to again be named as the nation's No. 1 Department of Educational Psychology,” says UW-Madison Professor Bradford Brown, who chairs the department.  “We appreciate the recognition of the efforts of our students, faculty and staff to be world-class leaders in teaching and research.”

The No. 1 ranking in printmaking was part of U.S. News’ master’s program ratings in the Fine Arts category.

“Printmaking at UW-Madison has a long and storied history as one of the original university printmaking programs in the country,” says Professor Douglas Rosenberg, chair of the Art Department, which is affiliated with the Tandem Press. “The area has evolved over the years with the addition of new faculty who approach printmaking as a part of the contemporary language of art making but has kept its relationship to the more historical techniques such as lithography and other specialties.  The printmaking area is a vibrant center of activity within the Art Department and this recognition validates our evolving vision of printmaking as a part of the larger discourse of contemporary art.”

In all, 11 specialty programs housed within UW-Madison’s School of Education were highlighted this year by U.S. News as being among the finest programs in the nation. Unlike the overall rankings, these specialty rankings for various education-related programs are based solely on nominations by education deans and deans of graduate studies who were asked to select up to 11 programs of excellence in each specialty.

According to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools ratings released Wednesday, the following programs housed within UW-Madison’s School of Education are ranked:

Best Grad School rankings• No. 1 Curriculum/Instruction

• No. 1 Educational Psychology

• No. 1 Printmaking (as voted on by deans and department chairs in the fine arts; the School of Education is home to the Art Department)

No. 2 Administration/Supervision

• No. 3 Education Policy

• No. 3 Secondary Education

• No. 4 Elementary Education

• No. 6 Counseling/Personnel Services

• No. 9 Special Education

• No. 14 Occupational Therapy (as voted on by program directors and faculty in health disciplines; the School of Education is home to the Department of Kinesiology’s OT program)

• No. 15 Fine Arts (as voted on by deans and department chairs in the fine arts; the School of Education is home to the Art Department)

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Eleven specialty programs from across the School
of Education were ranked by U.S. News as being
among the very best in the nation.
“The diversity of the School of Education — having such a wide range of departments, centers and programs — is a great strength of ours,” says Hess. “It’s the quality of these diverse programs that accounts for our School being consistently regarded as among the very best in the nation.”

Not all graduate programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report each year. For example, the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education remains No. 1 in Rehabilitation Counseling, but those ratings by U.S. News have not been updated since last year.

This marks the 17th time in the past 18 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.

“When you’re the highest ranked public school of education in the United States and among the best in the world, excellence is not a goal, it’s an expectation,” says Hess. “Our faculty, staff and students will continue to work hard and work together to build upon our School’s legacy of excellence.”

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