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As part of its annual college rankings program, U.S.News and World Report ranked Auburn University's College of Education No. 71 nationally - and 50th among public institutions - in its 2010 "Best Graduate Schools" publication. U.S.News made the information available on its Web site April 23, 2009.
The current rankings represent the third consecutive year the college has been in the top 25 percent of schools surveyed. Auburn advanced to its current standing from its No. 77 spot in the 2009 "Best Graduate Schools," released in 2008. Graduate programs at 278 schools of education granting doctoral degrees in education were surveyed in fall 2008 and early 2009.
"Our presence among the top quartile of education schools speaks to the commitment our faculty, staff and administrators show in creating and implementing high quality programs and upholding our core values,'' Dean Frances Kochan said.
The college ranked higher than any school of education - public or private - in Alabama. It also ranked 24th among the 53 land-grant research universities.
The rankings are determined using a formula that includes reputational surveys completed by education school deans, education school academic associate deans and randomly selected school superintendents across the country. Other factors that affect a school's rank include its research funding, faculty-to-doctoral student ratios, and Graduate Record Examination scores and acceptance rates for incoming doctoral candidates.
"While these most recent rankings reflect what has happened within our college in the last year, I am particularly excited about our future,'' Kochan said. "We have been able to expand existing and identify new forms of research support while also strengthening our internal support of faculty pursuing funding. We expect to build on our success by following a five-year strategic plan, which places particular emphasis on school and community partnerships, as well as research and innovation.''
The college's Rehabiliation Counseling program remains at its No. 17 ranking nationally - 14th among public institions, as determined by U.S.News in 2007. The program is part of the publication's health rankings, which are reconsidered every two years.
Doctoral programs in the college's Department of Kinesiology currently remain No. 28 in the country as determined by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
Last Updated: May 17, 2011