The College of Education and Human Development ranked among the top 100 graduate programs for education in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings, an annual collection of universities across the country. The list for the 2023 school year was released on March 29, and this new list placed the college at number 100, maintaining the previous year’s position. With more than 200 programs in 2023 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Education Schools, this spot on the list places the college firmly in the company of some of the best and most prestigious institutions in the country.
The college’s fully online programs were ranked number 90 on the list. This space is in line with a dedicated effort by the faculty in the college to make their online learning methods more attractive. Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, said the college is developing a STEM learning lab, which is exploring ways to create more classes for its students than just sitting behind a screen. This new position on the list represents an improvement of ten places on the college’s 2022 ranking of 100.
“The college has a top-quality online education program, accredited by metrics that focus on level of instruction, engagement with students, and accessibility,” Easton-Brooks said. “Part of the process is how professionals from other universities view our program. Looking at our rankings, this means that others in this field have great things to say about the online program at our college. Huh.”
The college’s rank places it in the top percentage of land-grant university education programs. The University of Nevada, Reno’s legacy as a land-grant institution is a matter of great pride for the college and reflects the institution’s goal of providing quality and affordable education to all students.
“Land grant universities began as a way to provide access and opportunities to a diverse group of communities,” Easton-Brooks said. “At one time, higher education was seen as a very elitist thing.”
The US News and World Report rankings are calculated from information provided during the 2021-2022 academic year. An incredible mix of variables, including class size, peer assessments, student evaluations, and research contributions, play a part in determining how a college really ranks relative to the competition.