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TitleUSD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences Ranked Among the Best in the Country
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For the second consecutive year, The University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) was ranked among the best graduate schools of education in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2010 list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” weighed graduate education programs at 238 of the more than 800 schools of education around the country. The rankings are based on expert opinions about the program’s quality, as well as statistical indicators that measure the quality of the school’s faculty, research and students. SOLES was ranked 96th on the list, up from being ranked 100th last year.

“To be included on this list for the second year in a row is a significant milestone for us,” said SOLES’ Dean Paula Cordeiro. “The work of our faculty, students, and staff deserve this recognition.  It is thanks to their hard work and dedication that we have achieved this noteworthy recognition.  This recognition encourages all of us to continue to conduct research that will improve our profession and prepare our graduates for the 21st century workplace. ”

USD was the top-ranked Catholic school in the state. Other top-ranked Catholic universities were Boston College (19), Fordham University (61), and St. John’s University (68). To obtain the rankings, U.S. News and World Report surveyed 278 schools granting doctoral degrees in education in fall 2008 and early 2009. Of those schools, 241 responded; 238 provided the data needed to calculate rankings based on a weighted average of the 11 quality measures described here. They considered findings from a quality assessment survey completed by deans and school superintendents, student GRE scores and acceptance rates, faculty resources and research activities.

Other top-ranked California universities on the list include Stanford, University of California Los Angeles, UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California.

About The University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 graduate and undergraduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


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