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US News ranks four School of Education programs among highest in their disciplines

Four School of Education programs were ranked among the best in their fields in graduate school rankings published today by US News & World Report. Overall, the School of Education was ranked tied for 36th in the nation, up from 37th place last year.


The School's ranked specialty programs:
Curriculum and Instruction: 12th
Education Administration and Supervision: 13th (tie)
Education Policy: 19th
Special Education: 16th

The magazine released its rankings in its 2015 annual “Best Grad Schools” guide. For its report, US News surveyed 356 schools that grant doctoral degrees in education, with 256 schools responding to the survey.

The School’s new Policy, Leadership and School Improvement Ph.D. specialization made the rankings in the program’s second year of existence.

“I’m pleased that US News & World Report has recognized UNC-Chapel Hill as a leader in the education policy area,” said Lora Cohen Vogel, the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Distinguished Associate Professor of Policy and Education Reform and coordinator of the program.

“To launch the program in 2012, we built on our School’s strengths in educational leadership and campuswide emphases in policy and improvement sciences,” Cohen-Vogel said. “The ranking is also a testament to the quality of our faculty and students. This year alone the PLS faculty and students will deliver more than 30 papers at national and international research conferences. Our 12 students will make 16 of these presentations and countless others at state and local conferences and meetings. This is work that garners attention and investment, which in turn builds Carolina’s reputation as a place where innovation and relevance thrive.”

Curriculum and instruction rose from last year’s 14th position. Education administration and supervision remained unchanged at 13th, while special education fell from 13th to 16th place.

Click here to see the full US News & World Report rankings.