LOGAN, Utah--()--Utah State University today announced that the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services has improved five spots over last year, coming in at No. 24 on U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the graduate education programs in the nation. This marks the 13th consecutive year the college has made it on the list, and as in last year’s rankings, is the only education program in Utah this year to secure a place in the top 50.
“While it is certainly an honor to once again be recognized for our continued commitment to providing an excellent standard of education, it comes as no surprise to the faculty, staff and students here who see the remarkable impact of our program on a daily basis,” said Beth Foley, dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. “For well over a decade now, our college has been singled out as one of the best schools of education on this prestigious list, and it is not an accomplishment we take lightly. We will continue to work hard to make sure we remain a fixture on this list for years to come.”
The U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on a weighted average of 10 quality measures including peer assessments, faculty resources, faculty awards and GRE scores for doctoral students. Graduate programs at 280 schools granting doctoral degrees in education were surveyed in the fall of 2011.
The College of Education and Human Services also improved its standing in terms of funded research in this year’s rankings, taking the No. 3 spot on the list, behind only University of Texas-Austin and Columbia University. In 2011, the school received $44.4 million in research funding, which is over $11 million more than the previous year. There are currently approximately 250 research projects at various stages of progress under way at the college, spanning subjects including early childhood development, math and science education, autism and others.
“One of the factors that perpetually keeps us on this list is the focus we put on conducting interesting and meaningful research,” added Foley. “Specifically, the amount of interdisciplinary research we conduct really sets us apart from other education colleges. We routinely have researchers with expertise in many different areas working together to address a specific concern, which we feel produces richer and more comprehensive results. By developing new and innovative techniques, and by looking for solutions to common issues across these educational disciplines, we are helping to shape the future of the profession.”