GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The College of Education at the University of Florida continues to demonstrate leadership among the nation’s top graduate colleges of education—ranking No. 14 among public education colleges, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report annual survey of America’s Best Graduate Education Schools, released Tuesday (March 29, 2022).
UF remains the top-ranked education college in the state and advanced one spot to No. 23 among all, public and private, U.S. colleges of education. These overall graduate rankings follow just two months after U.S. News named the college No. 2 among America’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs. UF has remained in the top two for the past seven years.
The college has also maintained a reputation for excellence among peers, earning specialty area rankings in:
- Special Education: 5
- Counseling: 6
- Curriculum and Instruction: 16
- Elementary Teacher Education: 22
“It is a great source of pride, for EduGators everywhere, to consistently maintain high rankings given the strength of our competition,” said College of Education Dean Glenn Good. “Our growth in key, mission-focused areas, including research funding and enrollments, provides strong evidence that our college is making a positive impact on the field.”
“We’ve positioned ourselves to create the future of teaching and learning through growth of domain expertise among our faculty, enhancement of our facilities and expansion of our research and curriculum,” said Tom Dana, senior associate dean and director of the Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies. “The continued peer recognition is shared by our faculty, staff, alumni and friends around the world.”
To establish the rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed 457 schools—with 274 providing the necessary data to be included. Standings were determined based on 11 weighted quality measures under four key categories: quality assessment (40 percent), research activity (30 percent), student selectivity (18 percent) and faculty resources (12 percent).
Evidence of growing momentum at the college contributing to its consistently high rankings include a 12.4 percent growth in graduate enrollment and 4 percent increase in funded research. Other, unmeasured indicators include projects that will serve to transform education and strengthen society such as the Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies and the New Worlds Reading Initiative.
“Achieving excellence year after year is a collective effort,” Good said. “The growing momentum generated by our faculty, students, staff and alumni is driving us forward, as we blaze new trails into the future.”