Morgridge Ranked in Top 100 Graduate Colleges of Education 

Morgridge College of Education has entered the top 100 best Graduate Colleges of Education, representing a jump of 27 spots in U.S. News rankings. Two programs have been named in the top 35We are thrilled to share this good news, reflecting the dedication and commitment that the Morgridge community – our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, parents and community members – have contributed to the College to reach this milestone. Morgridge is now ranked 85th in the top graduate schools in education.  

“The acknowledgment from US New World Report is certainly meaningful, but what is truly inspiring is what this recognition signifies” said Morgridge Dean, Dr. Karen Riley. “This acknowledgement represents dedication and commitment of every member of our community and demonstrates our collective pledge to teaching, service and scholarship.” 

The College of Education traces its roots back to the 1890s when teacher preparation was its primary focus. Today, in addition to teacher preparation, the College has expanded to offer master’s and doctoral degrees in the disciplines across the spectrum of education, wellness, data, information and human development. 

Program Rankings 

Morgridge’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program has maintained a spot as one of the top Education Administration programs in the nation. This year, the program came in at number 21 on the annual list, up 4 spots from last year. The College’s Library and Information Science program is also well represented, ranking 35th. Both programs at Morgridge have a deep commitment to serving our community, which allow their students to engage in impactful and invaluable experiences, setting them apart from competitors.  

The Library and Information Science program offers innovative practices in a rapidly changing digital era, a unique specialization in research data management prepares graduates to immerse themselves in the research data lifecycle. The Educational Leadership program prepares equity focused, transformative leaders and immerses students in field-based learning that prepares them to meet challenges within complex systems. Each student’s experience is customized to their individual needs and the school where they work.  

“At a time when education is facing some of the most challenging circumstances in recent history we could not be prouder of the impact of our research and community engagement,” continued Dr. Riley. “Facilitating the development of leaders in education, mental health, and data and research science remains the core of our mission as a college of education. Our faculty, students, staff and alumni are working every day to improve the lives of individuals in our communities.”  

 Thank you again for your tremendous contributions to the Morgridge College of Education. 

The Ranking Process 

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area. The Best Graduate Schools rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: Expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data for the rankings in all six disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,000 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 24,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021.  


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