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U.S. News again ranks SoE graduate programs among best in nation

March 12, 2013

UW-Madison’s School of Education continues to shine in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the top graduate school programs in the nation, which were released Tuesday.

The school retained its top program ranking in both curriculum and instruction, and educational psychology, while seven UW-Madison School of Education programs in all were ranked among the top five nationally by education school deans and deans of graduate studies.

UW-Madison has been home to the top-ranked curriculum and instruction program every year since 2001.

“Despite the challenges we've faced in tight budget times, our faculty continue to be dedicated to the highest levels of scholarship and teaching,” says Professor John Rudolph, the chair of UW-Madison’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction. “It's really gratifying to see our hard work recognized in this way."

Adds Rudolph: “The honor is even more significant as we re-build our department with new junior and senior faculty who have recently joined us in a number of key areas, which has enabled us to build on and extend the excellence that has come to be identified with Curriculum & Instruction at Wisconsin."

This also marks the fourth straight year the UW-Madison School of Education has housed the top educational psychology program.

"It is nice to know that once again, the Department of Educational Psychology is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News,” says Professor David Kaplan, the chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. “This ranking is based on peer reputation and highlights our faculty's outstanding and nationally recognized research and teaching.”

UW-Madison also maintained a top 10 ranking among all schools of education. The School of Education checked in at No. 10, which is tops among Big Ten Conference institutions. This marks the 14th time in 15 years that UW-Madison’s School of Education has been ranked among the top 10.

To compile the annual lists, U.S. News reports sending out surveys to 278 schools granting doctoral degrees, with 235 providing the information used to calculate rankings based on several measures. Those measures include quality assessments based on surveys filled out by education school deans and deans of graduate studies.  Other measures included student selectivity and faculty resources statistics, and research activity. (For more details, this explanitory U.S. News article  describes how U.S. News compiles its rankings.)

The specialty rankings for the various programs are based solely on nominations by deans and deans of graduate studies who were asked to select up to 10 programs for excellence in each specialty.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of the Best Graduate Schools, UW-Madison programs ranked by education school deans and deans of graduate studies include:

  • First in Curriculum and Instruction
  • First in Educational Psychology
  • Second in Administration/supervision
  • Third in Elementary Education
  • Fourth in Counseling/Personnel services
  • Fourth in Education Policy
  • Fifth in Secondary Education
  • 10th in Special Education

Not all programs are ranked each year.

Meanwhile, in the rankings of the Best Fine Arts grad schools, UW-Madison ranked 18th overall, with the printmaking specialty coming in at No. 2. Other ranked specialties include sculpture 15th, ceramics 18th and painting/drawing 22nd. UW-Madison's Art Department is housed within the School of Education.

And in the Best Health Schools rankings, UW-Madison’s Occupational Therapy program tied for 15th. Occupational therapy is housed within the School of Education’s Kinesiology Department.

More information on how programs across UW-Madison ranked is available on the UW-Madison News website.

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