College of Education is in top 12% of education programs in the nation

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jennifer L. Parks, (808) 956-0416
Communications Coordinator, College of Education
Posted: Apr 1, 2011

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's College of Education (COE) was ranked 35th out of 279 graduate schools of education surveyed by U.S. News & World Report (2012 edition). Consistently ranked one of the top 100 teacher preparation schools in the nation, this is the COE’s highest placement to date, ranking among the following top five prestigious schools: Vanderbilt University, Harvard University, University of Texas-Austin, Stanford University, and Columbia University.
Dean Chris Sorensen said, “Jumping from a rank of 50 to 35 in one year reinforced our confidence in what we are doing. It is the amazing work of our faculty and staff combined with the outstanding quality of our students that contributed to our success.”
The COE was in the top ten of external funding recipients for research, having been awarded more than $32 million in contracts and grants in 2010. Another measurement was based on feedback from the education field, and the college was highly rated by the Department of Education.
The college has been evolving and expanding its programs in order to keep pace and anticipate the changing needs of our students. Some of the many exciting new programs include a nontraditional doctoral degree (EdD), designed specifically for education professionals working in the field; a College of Education Second Life Island where faculty, students, alumni, and staff meet and collaborate in a virtual world; additional articulation agreements with community colleges for the smooth transition of students entering the bachelor of education program; a Residential Learning Community in which students interested in a career in teaching live on the same residential hall floor and may receive $500 stipends; graduate certificates in early childhood (PK–3), reading (K–12), and online teaching to meet professional development needs for in-service teachers in the state of Hawai‘i; and a new strategic plan.
Rankings were based on surveys and statistical indicators, including quality assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, research activity, overall rank, and specialty rankings.
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