The counselor education program continues to earn top-notch ratings from U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News’ just-released “Best Graduate Schools in America 2011” ranks UNCG’s counselor education program, housed within the School of Education, fourth in the nation. The magazine ranks the School of Education 56th in the nation.“It is gratifying but not surprising to see UNCG’s School of Education and our program in counselor education so highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Their continued success is a testament to the dedication and leadership of faculty and administrators. And, of course, it is a testament to the hard-working students who graduate from these programs.”
The magazine also ranks the UNCG-Wake Forest Nurse Anesthesia program 11th and the UNCG-Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia program 16th. Both programs are housed in UNCG’s School of Nursing.
The School of Nursing ranks 72 out of 250 ranked. Nursing schools and programs were ranked in 2007.
The Department of Library and Information Studies at UNCG ranks 29th out of 50 American Library Association-accredited graduate library programs surveyed. These programs were ranked in 2009.
The Department of Communication Science and Disorders ranks 30th of 146 speech and language pathology programs ranked. These programs were ranked in 2008.
U.S. News calculated rankings for schools of education based on expert opinion and data received from 234 universities granting doctorates in education. Of those 234, 100 are ranked.
“We strive to recruit and retain top-quality students and provide them with excellent opportunities that are grounded in research and best practices,” said Dr. Dale Schunk, dean of the School of Education.
Specialty rankings for counselor education programs are based on reputation, and programs are nominated by education school deans and deans of graduate studies. The University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Florida held the top three slots among counseling programs. UNCG’s program tied with the University of Georgia for fourth.
UNCG’s counseling program has been consistently ranked in the magazine’s top 10 over the past decade. The program offers master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees in community mental health, couple and family, gerontological, college and school counseling. Several post-master’s certificates also are offered.
Approximately 37 doctoral students and 64 master’s degree students are currently enrolled in the program. More than 400 counselor education programs currently exist nationwide.
Dr. J. Scott Young, department head for the counseling program, points to several reasons for the program’s success. Two of the top researchers in the counseling field – Drs. Jane Myers and DiAnne Borders – teach in the department. Faculty members also chair the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
The department received more than 400 applications for 30 graduate slots last year and 125 applications for eight doctoral slots. Students come from around the globe, including Turkey, Brazil, Korea and Kenya.