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School ranked among America’s best by U.S. News & World Report

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education has maintained its position as one of the top schools of education in America, according to rankings released on March 28, 2008, by U.S. News & World Report.

A tie for 22nd among the 242 schools included in the ranking placed the School of Education in the top 10 percent of all doctoral-granting colleges and schools of education – both public and private – in the country for the second consecutive year. Among schools of education in public universities, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education was ranked 13th overall.

“We are pleased to be ranked among the top 10 percent of Schools of Education in the United States,” said Interim Dean Jill Fitzgerald. “Our faculty and programs are devoted to leadership for the transformation of schooling.  It is an honor to have our work recognized through this top ranking.”   

Four of the School’s program areas were ranked in the top 20 nationwide for their specialty area: Educational administration and supervision, 14; special education, 14; elementary education, 18; and student counseling and personnel, 19.

U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987 and has done so annually since 1990. The rankings of education schools are based on 10 measures of quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The specialty area rankings are based on nominations by deans of education and deans of graduate studies from the schools included in the ranking.

The rankings can be viewed online at In addition, they will appear in the April 7 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine and in America’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, available April 1.