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Auburn University's College of Education solidified its status as one of "America's Best Graduate Schools'' in U.S.News & World Report's newly-released 2011 survey.
U.S.News, which collected data on 278 education graduate schools, made the information available on its website on April 15.
Auburn advanced into the No. 66 ranking, a five-spot improvement from 2010, and placed among the top 25 percent of schools surveyed for the fourth consecutive year. The college holds the top national ranking among schools of education in Alabama, public or private, and ranks 46th nationally among public institutions.
U.S.News & World Report determines its rankings based on a formula that includes reputational surveys completed by academic experts. The magazine polls deans, program directors and senior faculty to assess the academic quality of programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). In its education survey, the magazine also received input from professionals who hire new graduates. The two most recent years' surveys were averaged to complete the assessment score among professionals.
Other factors that influence a school's ranking include research funding, faculty-to-doctoral student ratios, and Graduate Record Examination scores and acceptance rates for incoming doctoral candidates.
The college's Rehabilitation Counseling program remains at its No. 17 ranking nationally — 14th among public institutions, as determined by U.S.News in 2007. The program is part of the publication's health rankings, which are reconsidered every two years.
Doctoral programs in the college's Department of Kinesiology currently remain No. 28 in the country as determined by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education .
For more information about U.S.News' "Best Graduate Schools,'' visit www.usnews.com .
Last Updated: May 17, 2011