CEHD Advances in U.S. News Graduate School Rankings


Written by: Ashley Green (cehdcomm@tamu.edu)
Post date: March 21, 2016

U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranked the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M 39th among education graduate schools in the country.  That is a seven place improvement from last year’s ranking.

Dr. George Cunningham, professor and associate dean for academic affairs and research, credits the advancement to the hard work of the college’s faculty, staff and students. 

“To continue to climb, we will need to continue to improve in our research productivity, selectivity in doctoral student admissions and the myriad of activities in which we positively affect the state, country and the world.”

Texas A&M’s School of Law moved up 28 places, now ranking 111th overall.  The College of Engineering moved up one place, maintaining its top 10 status.

At the specialty level, the College of Education and Human Development’s special education program tied for 18th in the country.  Several other Texas A&M programs have “top 10” status, including petroleum engineering, nuclear engineering and aerospace engineering.

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said it is evident the university is making “significant progress” in several key areas and predicted even more success when various new initiatives are fully implemented.

“While we are gratified to be rated high in several areas in U.S. News & World Report  and other prominent publications, our overarching goal is to enhance our programs for the benefit of the young men and women who choose to pursue their educational goals at Texas A&M—be it at the graduate or undergraduate level,” Young said.

U.S. News & World Report evaluates graduate schools on criteria such as grade-point averages of incoming students, acceptance rates and employment outcomes of graduates.  The rankings methodology varies across disciplines to account for differences in each graduate program.

The 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings were released online March 16th.  An expanded version will be published in the magazine’s “Best Graduate Schools 2017” guidebook.