The Illinois State University College of Education is one of the top 100 graduate schools in the country, according to US News and World Report. The publication ranks ISU as 91st in the soon to be published list of Best Graduate Schools. Associate Dean for Assessment and Undergraduate Education, Amee Adkins, says the ranking means a lot.
"We've been recognized by our peers, by fellow deans in colleges of education, as well as the state superintendents, the chief state school officers. They're the ones who provide input on the ranking and so achieving their recognition of our excellence is very rewarding."
Adkins says the ratings come from peers at other colleges and universities.
"It's a combination of the assessments of fellow deans, and state superintendents nation wide. And then also looking at student selectivity, which includes for example the GRE scores and our graduate programs, our acceptance rate and then also faculty resources and productivity, the reputation of our faculty."
Adkins says the ranking is also one of the recruiting tools ISU can use to draw students to the campus. Last year ISU received a ranking of 84, and had ranked just below the top 100 in previous years.
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