Grad Programs Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of South Florida College of Education has moved up in its ranking as one of the nation’s top 50 graduate schools of education from 48 to 45. That’s according to the College of Education’s ranking, at No. 45, included in the magazine’s report on “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009,” places USF’s college among the top 20% of graduate schools of education. It represents the fifth consecutive year that the college has been ranked. The USF College of Education is one of only three colleges of education in the state to be included in the ranking.

“These rankings are affirmation of USF’s commitment to scholarly excellence in disciplines that directly impact the lives of people in our region, state, nation and the world,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. “Teaching, learning, research and the creation of new knowledge are valued through the university, and strong graduate programs such as those earning the U.S. News & World Report distinction are key to achieving the bold vision set forth in USF’s strategic plan to transform higher education for global innovation.”

“I am thrilled with the college’s ranking as 45th in the nation,” said USF College of Education Dean Colleen Kennedy. “Our ranking attests to the high quality of graduate programs offered by our faculty, their scholarly productivity and their success in obtaining external funding.

After jumping to No. 72 last year from a previous ranking of 115, the USF College of Nursing’s graduate program is holding steady at that spot. The college is one of only two public colleges of nursing in Florida to be ranked in the top 100.

Other USF programs ranked this year by U.S. News & World Report:

Fine Art -- #81

Library and Information Sciences -- #24

Health (based upon U.S. News & World Report's classification):

Audiology -- #24

Public Health -- #20

Rehabilitation Counseling -- #39

Speech-Language Pathology -- #46

Clinical Psychology -- #57

Social Work -- #71

Physical Therapy -- #69

Social Sciences & Humanities (based upon U.S. News  & World Report's classification):

Specialty Ranking: Industrial and Organizational Psychology -- #10

Psychology -- #136

U.S. News & World Report annually ranks graduate schools in 11 areas, including business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings, based on data from experts regarding program quality and statistical markers gauging the quality of a program’s faculty, research and students, can be found in the April 7 – 14 print edition of the magazine.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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