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ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College ranked among nation's best

March 17, 2020

U.S. News and World Report places college No. 5 among public universities in graduate schools of education

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College placed No. 13 among 393 institutions surveyed in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of America’s graduate schools of education. 

Among public universities, the college was ranked No. 5, ahead of the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Virginia. This year’s U.S. News and World Report survey reinforces ASU’s ascent to the top tier of colleges of education since 2012, when it ranked No. 35 in the survey. 

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College continues to be one of the few colleges of education in the country that excels at both teacher preparation and world-class scholarly research. ASU reported $62.9 million in funded research related to education, which ranked second among all institutions surveyed, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Columbia University’s Teachers College. ASU also reported the fourth highest graduate enrollment of the universities ranked in the survey.  

“We’re proud to be both big and good,” said Carole Basile, dean of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. “It reflects our university’s commitment to combining access and excellence.”

The survey also identified the following Mary Lou Fulton graduate programs as among the top in the country:

• Higher Education: No. 19.

• Special Education: No. 17.

• Secondary Education: No. 14.

• Curriculum and Instruction: No. 14.

• Elementary Education: No. 13.

“The U.S. News and World Report ranking is one of many indications that we are maintaining a level of excellence in doing the things that graduate colleges of education have traditionally done,” Basile said. “We’re preparing teachers and principals, generating research that informs pedagogy and policy. 

“Additionally, we’d like to expand the expectations of what a college of education should be and do,” Basile said. “A great college of education occupies a position in the supply chains of both labor and knowledge. We have a catalytic role to play in bringing people and ideas together so we can forge sustainable, systemic responses to our society's biggest education challenges.”

Basile points to the college's work on the Next Education Workforce as an example of the kind of work she thinks a great college of education can do. “We’re working with educators, school systems, researchers, policymakers, nonprofits, community organizations and others to think about how we can improve learning environments for both educators and learners. It’s a big lift. It’s not easy. But it should be why we exist.”

Read more about the college: The Next Normal

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ASU's graduate schools hold impressive spots in 2021 rankings

March 12, 2020

Postgraduate education across the university continues to score high marks on U.S. News and World Report list

Arizona State University’s graduate schools continue to hold high positions in the latest U.S. News and World Report annual rankings.

The 2021 analysis includes rankings on fine arts and health schools, which were last published in 2016. 

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, which offers more than 70 graduate degrees, came in at No. 15 out of 226 in overall fine arts education — moving up five spots over its 2016 rank and tying with Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art and New York’s Parsons School of Design, ahead of Rutgers, the University of Texas, Austin and Temple University. The institute’s ceramics program ranked fourth and its photography program ranked sixth.

“Graduate programs in ASU’s School of Art continue to be globally recognized,” said Steven J. Tepper, dean of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. “Our faculty and students are working at the highest levels of creativity here in the desert, and Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix is, hands down, the best studio and exhibition space for MFA candidates in the country. Importantly, we are preparing artists who are socially engaged, technologically empowered, and have the mindset and opportunity to collaborate across disciplines.”

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The College of Health Solutions, which offers 25 graduate degrees, moved up in best speech pathology programs, ranking 16th out of 260 and tying with Ohio State University, ahead of Florida State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The AuD in audiology program ranked 18th.

“These programs are central to our mission of optimizing health for people and communities,” said Deborah Helitzer, dean of the College of Health Solutions. “We are pleased to again be recognized among the nation’s top 20 programs in audiology and speech-language pathology and remain dedicated to providing value to our students and the organizations that hire them. These programs prepare students for careers that make a real difference in the quality of life.”

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, offering 15 graduate degrees, moved up three spots to come in at No. 13 out of 255 in overall education, besting Johns Hopkins and the University of Virginia. The normal school edged up in secondary education to 14th from 16th, and in special education from 18th to 17th.  

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering moved up in overall engineering to No. 41, tying with the University of Virginia and besting Brown University. Its aerospace program rose five spots to No. 22 from No. 27. Chemical engineering jumped three spots to 47th. Computer and electrical engineering both rose four spots, to 30th and 27th respectively. Materials science rose five spots to 36th. Mechanical engineering rose three spots, coming in at No. 40.

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law moved up in full time law from No. 27 to No. 24, besting Fordham University and Boston College. The college’s trial advocacy program leaped 66 spots, from 144th to 78th. Environmental law nudged up to 20th. Tax law rose six spots to No. 37. Intellectual property and international law both rose two spots.

The W. P. Carey School of Business ranked 35th in the nation, beating the University of Arizona at 46th. The accounting program rose 11 spots to 20th. Finance rose eight spots to 31st. Management edged up three spots to No. 13. Entrepeneurship climbed seven spots to arrive at the 17th place. Marketing rose to 18th and production shot up eight spots to No.12.

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions had category gains in environmental policy, public finance and public policy analysis. Overall Watts ranked 19th overall, besting Columbia, Duke and Georgetown. Its information technology management program was No. 2 in the nation.

The widely touted set of annual rankings was released Tuesday by the news magazine, which compared hundreds of graduate programs on a variety of metrics.

The magazine evaluated the graduate programs on measures including surveys of deans and hiring recruiters; student selectivity; faculty resources, including the ratio of full-time doctoral students to faculty, for education programs; research activity, including expenditures; overall rank and specialty rankings.

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