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NMSU College of Education graduate program ranks high according to students

The New Mexico State University College of Education graduate education program has been ranked seventh in the top 25 graduate education programs in the country based on feedback from current and recent graduate students, according to Graduateprograms.com, an online rating system advertised as created for students by students.


This is an exterior view of O'Donnell Hall on the New Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces, N.M.
O'Donnell Hall is the home of the NMSU College of Education. The college's graduate education program was recently ranked as one of the best in the country by students at Graduateprograms.com. (NMSU photo by Samuel Horstman)

"Positive feedback from our students indicates that they are receiving a quality education and feel good about the support from the institution and faculty as they progress through the online graduate programs," said NMSU College of Education Dean Michael Morehead.

Graduateprograms.com uses student feedback and a 10-star rating program to determine school rankings. School feedback is derived from scholarship application entries for current graduate students, or those who have completed graduate school in the last five years. NMSU's program has received a rating of 8.1 of 10 stars.

Ratings are in the areas of academic competitiveness, affordability of living, campus safety, career support, education quality, faculty accessibility and support, financial aid, grad program value, quality of network, school use of technology, social life, student diversity, surrounding area, transportation and workload.

A respondent identified only as "Janet," a class of 2016 student in the NMSU program, said, "New Mexico [State University] has a great graduate program especially the School of Education. The professors hold office hours face-to-face and via Skype, if needed. As for the workload, it is heavy, but manageable. I stayed in Las Cruces for two weeks and it was very enjoyable. We had a diverse student body, the school has bus transportation and the financial aid representatives will work with you. My overall experience with NMSU has been great!"

"Graduate students who are satisfied with the College of Education are showing that faculty are giving them opportunities to connect their real-world experiences to theoretical concepts that assist them in improving educational opportunities for their various teaching environments," said David Rutledge, associate department head for curriculum and education.

"In addition to providing personal attention to students, we also offer them top ranked programs and departments," said Mary Prentice, academic department head of educational management and development. "We have national and internationally recognized faculty who are very involved in research. These faculty are welcoming of students and believe it is part of the land- grant mission to include them in all aspects of their work."

Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories mentioned above. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that program.