The University of Oregon’s College of Education (COE) has scored highly in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 annual rankings of graduate schools in education. Special Education ranked a lofty No. 3 overall for the 18th straight year. Among public colleges of education, COE secured a No. 6 national ranking. Among all Universities, the ranking is No. 14.
The annual U.S. News rankings are the most prominent rankings for institutions of higher education and can play an important role in furthering the success of the college. Dean Randy Kamphaus was quick to acknowledge the honor such high rankings represent. “On behalf of our students, staff, donors, and other well-wishers, I congratulate our faculty on their many accomplishments,” he said.
“Although this accolade is well deserved and hard earned, we are not standing still,” he continued. “Our new faculty hires over the past three years are second to none, our research performance is at record levels and our donors and supporters are confident that we will aspire to the highest levels of achievement in research and knowledge generation; classroom instruction and faculty mentoring of the next generation of citizens and scholars; service to the improvement of societal institutions, individual’s lives and academic disciplines; and continual improvement our culture of equity, inclusion, diversity and respect.”
The Special Education program’s long history of excellence places it once again as the University of Oregon’s highest ranking graduate program. Although tangible benefits from the rankings are difficult to quantify, many believe that independent accolades such as this lead to success in attracting strong scholars into the program, enable the COE to recruit and retain the best faculty and staff, and improve morale as well as enhance options for partnering with other colleges and organizations.