U.S. News & World Report ranks UNCG’s School of Education among America’s top education graduate schools in its latest survey. Two graduate programs within the school — Counseling and Educational Development along with Library and Information Studies – also rank high among like programs.

The School of Education ranks 51st in the nation on U.S. News’ 2014 Best Graduate Schools list, up from 58th last year. In specific program rankings, Counseling and Educational Development was third in the nation, up from fifth last year; Library and Information Studies was 22nd, up from 29th in 2009.

“We are pleased at the continued improvement of the UNCG School of Education in the U.S. News & World Report ratings of graduate schools of education,” said Karen Wixson, dean of the School of Education. “Although the rankings are the result of a combination of factors, the highly positive rating we received from superintendents who employ our graduates contributed significantly to our overall ranking. This rating is consistent with the frequent feedback I receive from superintendents, curriculum coordinators and principals about the quality preparation and performance they have come to expect from UNCG graduates.”

Dr. Scott Young, head of Counseling and Educational Development (CED), attributes his department’s continued ranking among the top 10 to hard-working and talented faculty as well as support from university administration.

“It certainly is an honor that the work of CED is recognized by our colleagues nationally. The programs in the department are very high quality and the faculty works tirelessly to improve the training we offer. Furthermore, the professional reputation of CED faculty members as scholars and leaders in the counseling field certainly contributes to our national rankings,” Young said.

Dr. Clara Chu, head of Library and Information Studies (LIS) and president-elect of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, says her department’s high ranking is partly due to a new online master’s degree and its ACE Scholars program to increase diversity in the library field.

“LIS focuses on preparing library and information professionals to provide relevant, appropriate, and effective services in diverse, globalized, and technological communities,” Chu said. “We are thrilled by our higher ranking which recognizes our outstanding education and research that connects people, libraries and information.”

Currently, 926 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Education. Of those students, 112 are enrolled in Counseling and Educational Development, and 164 are enrolled in Library and Information.

For overall rankings, U.S. News surveyed education programs at 278 schools granting doctoral degrees in Fall 2012 and early 2013; 239 responded, and 235 provided data needed to calculate rankings. Rankings are based on several measures, including peer evaluations, assessments by school district superintendents, student selectivity, acceptance rates and numbers of PhDs granted.

U.S. News ranked 51 master’s degree programs in library and information studies that are accredited by the American Library Association. The rankings are based solely on the results of a fall 2012 survey sent to the dean of each program, the program director and a senior faculty member in each program.

Specialty rankings in disciplines like counseling are based solely on nominations by graduate school deans, program directors and senior faculty at peer institutions.

The rankings were released March 12 and will be featured in the “Best Graduate Schools 2014″ edition, available April 9.


By Michelle Hines