#1 for 20 years in a row

Written by: Donald Heller

Primary Source: The Dean’s Blog

Rankings banner 20 years

This morning U.S. News & World Report issued its rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools in a number of disciplines, including education.  I wrote in detail last year about these rankings, so I won’t repeat much of what I said at that time. Overall, our college was ranked 15th in the nation among all schools of education (the same as last year), and 8th among public universities.

This year’s rankings did provide one milestone for our college: for 20 years in a row, or since U.S. News began its ranking of graduate schools, our graduate programs in elementary and secondary education were ranked first in the nation.  Overall, we have eight of individual program areas ranked in the top 10 (and one more in the top 20 – see the full list below), a record matched or surpassed by only two other institutions: the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with nine top-10 programs, and Vanderbilt University (Peabody College), with eight programs as well.

I do not know if there are any other programs in the country, in any discipline, that have been at the top of the U.S. News rankings for two decades, as our two programs have been.  This milestone, however, is indicative of our strong reputation for elementary and secondary education among our peers around the country.  U.S. News ranked 245 different education schools that provided sufficient data, and solicited the views of the deans and directors of graduate studies at each institution regarding the quality of the individual programs.

The full rankings are:

Overall ranking: 15
Elementary education: 1
Secondary education: 1
Rehabilitation counseling*: 2
Curriculum and instruction: 4
Higher education administration: 5
Educational psychology: 6
Administration/supervision: 7
Education policy: 10
Special education: 16

*Rehabilitation counseling programs are ranked by U.S. News in its health professions rankings.

While U.S. News does not rank kinesiology programs, ours had previously been ranked 6th in the nation in a 2011 study conducted by the National Academy of Kinesiology.

All of these accomplishments are the result of the outstanding work performed by our faculty and graduate students, and supported by our staff.  We are very appreciative of everything they do to help us achieve excellence in the college, and I know they take great pride in this recognition as well.

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Donald Heller
Donald E. Heller is Dean of the College of Education and a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. Prior to his appointment in January, 2012, he was Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and professor of education and senior scientist at The Pennsylvania State University. He also has held a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan. His teaching and research is in the areas of educational economics, public policy, and finance, with a primary focus on issues of college access and choice for low-income and minority students. He has consulted on higher education policy issues with university systems and policymaking organizations in California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington, Washington DC, and West Virginia, and has testified in front of Congressional committees, state legislatures, and in federal court cases as an expert witness. Before his academic career, he spent a decade as an information technology manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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