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US News Ranks More SOE Programs in Top 3

March 13, 2012

Two more graduate programs in the UW-Madison School of Education now rank among the top three among their peers across the country, bringing the School’s total up to nine.

Counseling Psychology moved up from sixth to second and Educational Policy Studies moved up from fourth to third. Overall, the School held its ninth place ranking among more than 200 schools of education nationally, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. 

The nation’s education and arts deans, health program directors and other academic leaders, surveyed by U.S. News for the annual publication, consistently rate UW-Madison School of Education programs among the very best.  In the 2013 edition, UW–Madison ranked:

  • First in curriculum and instruction
  • First in educational psychology
  • First in rehabilitation counseling (last ranked in 2011)
  • Second in counseling/personnel services
  • Second in administration/supervision
  • Second in elementary education
  • Second in printmaking
  • Third in secondary education
  • Third in education policy
  • Eleventh in special education

U.S. News uses a complex formula to rank education schools that changes slightly from year to year. Criteria include peer and superintendent assessments, Graduate Record Examinations scores, doctoral acceptance rate, and research funding.

“We are delighted that more of our programs reached the top three among their peers,” said Dean Julie Underwood. “We believe that our School’s excellence is best reflected in our service to our constituents and the exceptional caliber of our graduates.”

Bruce Wampold, professor and former chair of the Counseling Psychology Department, credits their jump in rank to the accomplishments of faculty and students that have built the reputation of the program.

“We’ve been working towards excellence in a number of different areas,” Wampold said. “We don’t do it to increase our rankings so it’s really gratifying when our efforts have been recognized.”

In the area of health disciplines, the Occupational Therapy Program – housed in the Department of Kinesiology – came in at 15. In 2011, the health program leaders ranked Rehabilitation Psychology first among rehabilitation counseling programs. 

The Art Department’s graduate program rank for 2013 moved up to 18 from 21 in 2008, based on a survey of art school deans and other top art academics. Printmaking came in at second this year, sculpture at 15, ceramics at 18 and painting/drawing at 22.

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