USC Rossier receives high ranking in 2019 U.S. News report
Individual programs also continued to receive major recognition
By Ross Brenneman
For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked USC Rossier as one of the 15 best graduate schools of education in the country.
The school ranked #12 in the magazine’s annual listing of schools. USC Rossier has been ranked in the top 20 in eight of the last nine years, with its highest-ever ranking being #10 in 2018.
“Students, faculty and staff bring dedication and excellence to their work every day,” said Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of USC Rossier. “There are many incredible things that no ranking can capture, but I am grateful to see our efforts recognized.”
U.S. News analyzes schools through factors including peer and expert assessments, GRE scores, enrollment, faculty-to-student ratio and research funding, based on data gathered from the 2017–18 academic year.
While maintaining high marks for reputation, USC Rossier also continued to be a powerhouse in funded research, ranking #1 in funded research per faculty member. USC Rossier faculty, postdoctoral scholars and students earned dozens of grants last academic year in addition to serving ongoing grants. The grants support work across concentrations, with such examples as:
- More than $3 million in federal grant money to Assistant Professor Yasemin Copur-Gencturk to study teacher learning.
- A $1.47 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a team including Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Education Gale Sinatra to design augmented-reality education experiences at the La Brea Tar Pits;
- A $10 million grant from the federal Institute of Education Sciences for a team of researchers including Professor Julie A. Marsh to study education access and school choice;
- A $5.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a team of researchers including Associate Professor Julie Posselt to study access to doctoral programs among historically marginalized groups.
Individual USC Rossier programs also shined bright, each ranking in the top 25 within their respective fields: Higher Education Administration (#8), Education Policy (#13), Education Administration and Supervision (#16), Secondary Teacher Education (#18) and Educational Psychology (#21).