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Boilerplate Profiles: College|UF|Gainesville

The University of Florida College of Education, founded in 1906, is the highest rated education college in both Florida and among public institutions in the Southeast, and is ranked 20th nationally among public education colleges in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report survey of America’s Best Graduate Schools . . . US News also has rated the college’s overall, online master’s degree program No. 1 in the nation and the college also scored the highest mark for the quality of its online graduate students. Three of the college’s campus-based academic programs also occupy top 20 slots in the US News rankings, with two among the top five in their specialty areas . . . Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and public scholarship—often conducted in partnership with other UF colleges, school districts and communities across the state—are yielding powerful learning systems and models that are helping to transform education in today’s changing world, starting with our youngest learners. The college is involved in three of UF’s designated priority research areas in UF’s state-funded Preeminence initiative . . . The college has 87 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service. Faculty researchers last year held more than $86 million worth in awards supporting studies and projects addressing education’s most critical issues . . . Teaching is one of several areas of study from which UF education students can choose. More than 1,500 education students are enrolled on campus in 28 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs and concentration areas, within nine academic specialties: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction • Counseling and Counselor Education • Early Childhood Education • Educational Leadership • Higher Education Administration • Research and Evaluation Methods • School Psychology • Special Education • Student Personnel in Higher Education. Enrollment in the college’s top-ranked online programs tops 1,750 students from around the world . . .To sustain the college’s innovative edge deep into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerging technology, advanced graduate studies and interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare tomorrow’s leaders in all education disciplines. The college’s educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. Almost 30,000 “EduGator” alumni are located throughout the world.

The University of Florida, established in 1853, is a public, land-grant research university and one of the most comprehensive and academically diverse universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 14th among public universities. Rankings such as 4th among AAU publics and 3rd in Kiplingers “Best Values in Public Colleges” are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes, and boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 367,000 alumni. Faculty scholars last year generated $706 million in research awards. The Florida Legislature in 2013 designated UF as the state’s “preeminent” university and allocated $15 million annually to UF for five years to support the university’s goal of joining the nation’s top five public research universities.

UF is situated in Gainesville in North Central Florida, a progressive college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and Southern charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville is often recognized as one of America’s best college towns and is easily accessible to three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida’s famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs and rivers nearby, and it’s little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our college and university to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Updated 1/22/16