USC Rossier named a top graduate school in 2021 U.S. News rankings

March 30, 2021

USC Rossier has consistently finished as one of the top graduate schools of education in the annual rankings.

By Ross Brenneman

Photo by Rebecca Aranda

The USC Rossier School of Education has been ranked #11 in the latest edition of the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of graduate schools of education.

This marks the fifth year in a row that USC Rossier has finished in the top 15. USC Rossier has finished in the top 20 in 10 of the last 11 years.

“I want to recognize all of the faculty and staff who create and sustain the quality programs, student experiences and outcomes we all care about at USC Rossier,” said Pedro A. Noguera, the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean at USC Rossier.

U.S. News grades schools through factors including assessments by other graduate school deans, GRE scores, faculty-to-student ratios and research funding, based on data gathered from the 2019–20 academic year. For the third year in a row, USC Rossier finished as a top two in funded research per faculty member.

Individual USC Rossier programs also finished in the top 30 within their respective areas: Higher Education Administration finished at #5, and Education Policy at #14. Individual programs are determined solely on nominations by education school deans.

The past year has brought a surge in activity at USC Rossier as scholars have responded to numerous major events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed calls for racial justice. And the school also welcomed Noguera as its new dean, who has launched a series of initiatives focused on re-thinking education systems.

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