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Patton College of Education named top 100 graduate education program

The Patton College of Education has been ranked in the top 100 graduate education programs in the country according to the U.S. News and World Report.

"To be ranked among the top one hundred is certainly recognition of the wonderful work that our faculty does each and every day in terms of their teaching, research and outreach," said Renee Middleton, dean of the Patton College.

Out of 280 eligible schools that offer doctoral degrees in education, the Patton College ranked 92 for the 2013 school year. This is a 20 place increase from the college's first appearance in the 2012 ranking.

"The difference between last year and this year probably has more to do with the fact that we are engaged in more research and scholarships in terms of grants, faculty publications and journals," said Middleton.

"Also, we are able to be more selective in the students that we are admitting." 

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit noted that the college has been successful in a variety of recent endeavors.

"It has been a joy to see the college receive some well-deserved recognition – be it through Violet Patton's wonderful gift or its selection as a participant in the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship program. This significant improvement in ranking is further testament to the great work that is being done in the college."

Each college had to undergo a quality assessment survey that focused on 10 measures to determine the rankings. The survey included:

A)  Quality Assessment

1.  Peer Assessment score
2.  Superintendent assessment score

B)  Student Selectivity
3.  Mean GRE verbal scores
4.  Mean GRE quantitative scores
5.  Acceptance Rate

C)  Faculty Resources
6.  Student/faculty ratio
7.  Percent of faculty with awards or editorships among selected journals (list came from: Association of American Universities and the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions)
8.  Doctoral degrees granted

D)  Research Activity

9.  Total research expenditures
10.  Average expenditures per faculty member

After breaking the top 100, Middleton said the college is striving to continue its success and improve in future rankings.

"It is fitting that we set a new target of becoming one of the top 50," said Middleton. "We have a quality faculty, staff and student body that can achieve!"

To see the full rankings, click here.