U.S. News & World Report ranks College of Education Number One Among Public Universities March 14, 2012

The College of Education is the only one in the nation to have a large, high-powered visualization laboratory dedicated specifically to the college's use.

Once again, U.S. News & World Report has ranked The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education number one in the nation among public university graduate education programs. The College of Education was the first – and has been the only – UT-Austin college or school, of the ones ranked annually by the magazine, to capture a number one spot.

The 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools ranks the College of Education third overall nationally, behind Vanderbilt University and Harvard University. After The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, the next public university to appear on the list is UCLA, which comes in at sixth.

"There are many reasons that our college is highly regarded, but I feel one of the most important factors is that our faculty are so successful at securing external research funding and extremely productive when it comes to important scientific studies."

— College of Education Dean Manuel J. Justiz

Since the inception of the magazine’s graduate school rankings, the College of Education has jumped from 18th to number one among public universities, and from 27th to third among both public and private universities. Steadily rising in the list each year, the college has outranked Ivy League institutions like Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pennsylvania as well as prestigious public universities, such as UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Wisconsin and Michigan.

For the fifth year in a row, the College of Education also has been ranked number one in research funding, with research expenditures totaling almost $64 million last year.

The college is one of four colleges and schools (law, business and engineering, in addition to education) at the university that receives annual qualitative and quantitative graduate school ratings from U.S. News & World Report

"We're very proud to be so highly ranked this year. With nationally recognized programs in school and counseling psychology, quantitative methods, learning and development, our department highlights the interrelatedness of health, education and multicultural issues in well-being and achievement."

— Dr. Cindy Carlson, Department of Educational Psychology chair

In addition to ranking the entire graduate school, U.S. News & World Report also ranks select education programs, such as secondary education or educational administration, within a college or school. Ratings of particular programs are based solely on nominations by deans of other universities, and the nominating deans may choose up to 10 programs that they feel are exceptional in each specialty area.

In this year’s rankings of specific programs/specialty areas within graduate schools of education, UT-Austin’s College of Education ranked:

  • third among publics and sixth overall in Administration/Supervision
  • fourth among publics and fifth overall in Special Education
  • seventh among publics and 10th overall in Educational Psychology
  • seventh among publics and 12th overall in Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Sharon Vaughn, executive director of the acclaimed Meadows Center for the Prevention of Educational Risk.

The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education has become a national leader in the reconceptualization of 21st century education and is home to several internationally-recognized programs and centers, including the:

  • acclaimed Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, which includes the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts
  • nationally replicated UTeach Natural Sciences program
  • Texas Regional Collaboratives (in the Center for STEM Education)
  • Institute for Public School Initiatives
  • Texas Child Study Center
  • Learning Technology Center
  • H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports
  • Pearson Center for Applied Psychometric Research

The college’s state-of-the-art labs in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education have helped College of Education researchers gain international reputations for making landmark scientific findings in fitness, muscle regrowth, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, nutrition, aging and the mind/body connection.

“I’m very proud of everyone in this college,” said Dr. Manuel J. Justiz, dean of the College of Education. “There are many reasons that our college is highly regarded, but I feel one of the most important factors is that our faculty are so successful at securing external research funding and extremely productive when it comes to important scientific studies.

“The faculty research, whether it focuses on how to close the achievement gap or reducing childhood obesity, often reveals facts that alter the direction of scholarship being done in that field.  Also, I feel the college has enjoyed success because our college administrators and department chairs have a serious commitment to building and sustaining doctoral programs with very selective admissions criteria. All in all, our faculty, staff and students work hard in the pursuit of excellence and I’m so pleased to have their efforts recognized with this prestigious honor.”

Last updated on March 20, 2013