Letter from the Dean Diana Hess

Letter from the Dean: Diana Hess


A few months ago, we learned that once again our School is rated the top public school of education in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Education Graduate Schools ratings, and our overall ranking went up one notch — to third. We were also pleased to learn that two of our departments, Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Psychology, are again rated No. 1 in the nation (including all graduate schools of education, public and private).

Diana HessI am often asked how these rankings are determined. Three sources of information are considered when creating the rankings: objective data about our students, faculty, and research productivity; reputational ratings from deans and associate deans from other schools of education; and ratings from educational leaders in the field — such as superintendents of school districts. While all ranking systems are imperfect, the fact that we have received such high marks for so many years is notable and attests to the quality of work done across our School.

As you read the articles in Learning Connections, I hope you notice the many examples of exciting work being done, and the high quality and impact of the research and scholarship our faculty, staff, and students are creating. But we are not resting on our laurels by any means. Innovative research, outreach projects, and new academic programs are being created — and there will be more to come as a result of our new Grand Challenges initiative.

The remarkable support we receive from so many talented and engaged alumni and friends propels our work. At this spring’s graduation, UW-Madison bestowed its highest honor on alumna Tashia Morgridge by awarding her an honorary doctorate. Please join me in congratulating her on this honor.


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