In a national survey released today by U.S. News and World Report magazine, Colorado State University’s program in vocational/technical education was named among the top graduate programs in the nation. The program moved up in the rankings from 10th to ninth in the magazine’s annual "Graduate Guide" issue.
Colorado State’s School of Education has 400-500 undergraduate and post-baccalaureate teacher licensure students. Graduate programs in education and human resources studies have 540 students who work with nearly 40 full-time faculty members in the school. Colorado State is one of the leading members of the national University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education. Colorado State’s program was in a two-way tie for the ninth position.
"These consistently high rankings reflect our School of Education’s dedication to quality," said Nancy Hartley, dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences, which houses the School of Education. "We’re proud of the school’s exceptional faculty and the success of our graduates."
Specializations in the graduate programs at the master’s level include counseling and career development, human resource development, adult education and training and educational leadership. At the doctoral level, specializations include educational leadership, community college leadership, human resource studies and an option for interdisciplinary study.
"This survey reflects the caliber of all the faculty and staff in the School of Education," said Rick Ginsberg, director of the School of Education. "During the last several years, the school has not only enjoyed top national rankings, but has received a substantial increase in federally funded grants. We are committed to the use of innovative, technology-driven teaching designed to meet the needs of a rapidly changing field. This focus enables us to provide a top-quality education to students enrolled in our graduate programs, both on campus and across the state and nation."
Today’s report marks the latest in a series of positive rankings for the university from U.S. News and World Report. Last fall, Colorado State moved up to the second tier in U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges" issue. Last year’s survey ranked Colorado State’s veterinary medicine program second in the nation. No new rankings for veterinary medicine were included in the latest survey because the program is reevaluated every three years. Colorado State’s master’s degree program in occupational therapy ranked 10th in the nation in last year’s survey. There were no new occupational therapy rankings this year.
The survey released today by U.S. News and World Report evaluates a variety of graduate programs in the following major disciplines: business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The ranking for vocational/technical education was based on nominations from education school deans.