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Curry Leaps to #18 in the 2018 US News and World Report Rankings

Published on 03/14/17 in News » Articles

US News Rankings BadgeIn the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, the University of Virginia Curry School of Education leaped into the 18th spot, breaking into the top 20 for the first time in more than two decades. The rankings name the top graduate schools across the United States. Jumping 3 spots from last year, the 2018 rankings put the Curry School among the top ten U.S. public schools of education.

“Over the course of the last ten years, the Curry School has risen steadily in the US News rankings, up from 34 to now 18,” said Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School. “This rise is due directly to the steadfast and focused efforts of our faculty and staff and the talent they bring to bear on their work.”

The Curry School’s rise is a reflection of the academic excellence and the success of the faculty to earn increased investment into research efforts at the school.

“Not only have we grown and innovated in academic programs, but throughout this period we have dedicated our efforts to securing sponsored support for our research,” Pianta said.  “Our faculty’s success in obtaining highly competitive Federal grants has led to a steadily growing portfolio of funded projects.”

The annual US News & World Report rankings also feature nationally ranked academic programs. The Curry School increased our number of programs ranked in the top-10 to five. The Special Education program moved up one spot to #4, continuing a decades-long legacy of leading their field. Two programs jumped four spots this year: Elementary Education to #6 and Education Policy to #10. The Secondary Education program was ranked #9, with Administration and Supervision coming in at #10.

Also, ranked nationally in their program areas is Educational Psychology at #12 and Curriculum & Instruction at #18.

“This is truly extraordinary, accomplished over a period of considerable uncertainty in Federal grant programs,” Pianta said.  “I am extremely proud of our faculty’s accomplishments and this recognition of our collective success.”

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