College of Education National Rankings Rise Again

Tuesday, April 20 2010

Written by Cheryl Dudley

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho College of Education has been ranked in the top 100 best graduate school programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row. This year the College ranked 74th in the nation – up from 87th last year.

“I trust the college will continue to rise in the rankings, and create distinctive and innovative programs that will serve students and the nation,” said Interim Dean Jerry McMurtry.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are designed to help students search for premium education programs. College juniors and seniors who are considering graduate school benefit from the rankings, which provide relevant information that helps inform their decisions about where to attend.

Rankings are based on a number of factors, including 25 percent for peer assessment, 15 percent for superintendent assessment, 15 percent for student selectivity and 30 percent for research activity. The College of Education’s high ranking speaks to the cutting-edge research by faculty as well as the premier reputation of the college and the success of its graduates.

“We are continuing to focus and offer distinctive programs that meet the needs of Idaho and the nation,” said McMurtry. “We are partnering with other institutions to strengthen our programs and continue to be one of the early adopters of program reform based on national initiatives.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are posted on their Website at
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit