Neag School Moves up Four Spots in National Rankings

about-the-us-news-education-rankings-methodologiesThe U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of Graduate Schools and the Neag School of Education  continues to achieve top-ranking status as it rose in rankings to #28 in the nation, up from four places last year. This ranking puts the Neag School at #17 among all public graduate schools of education in the nation.

In addition, the #28 ranking puts the Neag School in the top 10 percent of all graduate schools of education surveyed by U.S. News & World Report. Also, in the specialty rankings, the Special Education program is #12 in the nation, Elementary Teacher Education program is #18, and the Secondary Teacher Education program is ranked #18 in the country. This is among approximately 1,500 teacher preparation programs across the nation.

Each year, U.S. News gathers opinion data from school superintendents and deans from across the country to rank professional school programs. Thomas DeFranco, dean of the Neag School is very proud of the accomplishments of the faculty and staff in achieving this ranking and believes the rankings serve as one of several barometers used by the Neag School to assess its reputation and quality of its programs.

DeFranco also believes a factor helping to build the Neag School’s reputation is its work with public schools in Connecticut and across the country. “Faculty within the Neag School are not only focused on research and scholarship, they are committed to working in partnership with classroom teachers and educational stakeholders across the state sharing information about best practices and improving the academic performance of children,” he says.

“Our goal is to produce highly qualified teachers, principals, superintendents and health professionals who will impact the academic performance and health and well-being of children and adults in Connecticut and in the nation,” DeFranco says.

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5 thoughts on “Neag School Moves up Four Spots in National Rankings

  1. The Neag School is producing sme of the finest teachers in the country. They deserve the ranking.

  2. I can only hope and pray that my daughter Jill gets accepted into Uconn dec.2013…..She understands how wonderful UCONN’s education program is for future teachers. This is the only school she wants to be a part of and I can understand after reading this article and all the information on the Neag School of Education. How awesome that Mr.Neag donated into the development of this wonderful school of education. We did a college tour and seriously….I could have left Jill at the school that afternoon!!! She had a sparkle in her eye and said to me…I really want to be involved in this school!!!! Gail Power

  3. Hi Gail,

    Thank you for your kind note and thoughtful enthusiasm about our teacher preparation program. We wish your daughter the best on getting into UConn and into the Neag School of Education. She sounds like a wonderful individual for our program. Hopefully we’ll see you all in the Gentry Building again soon.

  4. Hi Shawn,
    Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to visiting UCONN again. Gail

  5. Congratulations for receiving the best public school of education on the east coast. It was a pleasure to read all about the goings on at Uconn. It makes me proud to have rec’d my Ph.D from Uconn in 1984. My major advisor was Dr. Flloyd Bass. I was wondering if he is still living . I grew to love him as an advisor who guided me through the rigors of finishing my dissertation at a time that was particularly hard for me with a sick mother, two children , a husband and a full time job as chairperson of the nursing depart. at RI College. I would love to be in touch with him , if possible.

    Connie Pratt, RN , PhD. Professor Emerita , Rhode Island College

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