UF’s College of Education’s graduate program jumped five spots in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 ranking released Monday.
The college’s graduate school comes in at No. 24 for best education schools, up from No. 29 last year. The associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Education, Thomas Dana, said the jump can be attributed to increased funding for research.
“I’m thrilled the College of Education is getting recognition for our excellence across the nation and being ranked so highly,” Dana said. “Our research has improved, and the rankings are showing it.”
The College of Education’s Special Education program has been one of the top 10 education programs. It was ranked No. 5 last year and still remains at that rank.
David Peyton, a UF student in the Special Education Doctorate program, said the increase in rank is great for the school because it will catch the attention of future students and possibly bring more grant money.
“They definitely earned the ranking,” he said.
The report calculated the 2019 Best Graduate Schools Rankings on two sets of data: expert opinions about the programs and statistics that measure the school’s faculty, research and students, according to U.S. News and World Report.
The data gathered for the rankings is from statistical surveys of more than 2,012 programs. The reputation surveys are sent to more than 20,500 academics and professionals, U.S. News and World Report said. These surveys were conducted in late 2017 and early 2018.
Originally built as P. K. Yonge K-12 Laboratory School in 1932, Norman Hall currently houses the UF College of Education.