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


The list cited the top 250 schools of education, among more than 800 in the country. SOLES was ranked 100th on the list. USD was the top-ranked private Catholic university in the state on the list.  


“This ranking signifies the incredible work of the faculty and staff of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences,” said Paula Cordeiro, dean of the school. “This sets the bar high for us, and we will continue to strive to be better while preparing the educational leaders of tomorrow.”


To obtain the rankings, U.S. News and World Report surveyed graduate programs at 278 schools granting doctoral degrees in education in fall 2007and early 2008. Of those schools, 245 responded; 242 provided the data needed to calculate rankings based on a weighted average of the 10 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 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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