SESP Ranks Number Seven

SESP Ranks Number Seven

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Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) ranks number seven in the nation, according to the new 2012 ranking of graduate schools of education by U.S.News & World Report. This represents a move up from the School’s ranking of number eight last year. For the past 11 years, SESP has consistently ranked among the top 10 schools nationwide.

For 2012, SESP ranked second in the nation in the peer assessment, based on the ratings of deans of schools of education. SESP’s 2012 peer assessment is the highest it has ever received.

SESP also posted the highest average GRE quantitative score of all U.S. graduate schools of education. Furthermore, SESP had the second highest combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of all graduate schools of education. Doctoral students' quantitative scores averaged 741, and verbal scores averaged 642.

SESP is distinguished by a high amount of funded research per faculty member and a low student/faculty ratio. Research funding was $431,500 per faculty member in 2010.

The ratio of doctoral students to full-time faculty members is 2.1:1, which is the best ratio among the top 10 schools. It is also the SESP's best ratio ever.

SESP maintained its high overall ranking despite being the smallest of all the schools of education in the top 10. Larger schools are able to earn more points in categories such as total research dollars and number of doctorates granted.

The U.S. News ranking is based on indicators including assessments by education school deans and school superintendents, GRE scores, selectivity, funded research and student/faculty ratio. The most weight is given to the quality assessment by education school and graduate school deans.

The top 10 education schools for 2012, according to U.S. News, are as follows:

  1. Vanderbilt University
  2. Harvard University
  3. University of Texas-Austin
  4. Stanford University
  5. Teachers College at Columbia University
  6. University of California-Los Angeles
  7. Northwestern University
  8. University of Oregon
  9. University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin
By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 9/27/11