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U.S. News & World Report Ranks USD School of Education Among Best in the Nation for 4th Consecutive Year

University of South Dakota School of Education, Delzell Education building.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Education has been ranked among the 2020 Best Graduate Education Schools by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row.

“We are excited to again be recognized as the top graduate education school in the Dakotas, and one of the best graduate education schools in the region and in country,” said Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “This consistent ranking is a tribute to our outstanding faculty and staff and the dedication of our amazing students.”

This news was announced just two months after the USD School of Education was ranked 69th in the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Graduate Programs. Dean Easton-Brooks attributes much of the school’s success to the School of Education Research Center, which promotes research in the school and provides resources for faculty and staff. The center supports research in a variety of areas, including human movement, cultural identities, technology for learning, mental health, professional socialization and higher and adult education.

By expanding opportunities on campus and partnering with renowned institutions such as Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University, the research center has experienced exceptional growth; from the 2016/17 year to the 2017/18 year, the center saw a 148 percent increase in published articles and a 78 percent increase in the total number of publications.

“The faculty in the School of Education are conducting groundbreaking research that is being recognized on a national level,” said Amy Schweinle, Ph.D., associate dean of research and graduate studies in the School of Education. “We are constantly exploring new ways to invest in our programs and give back to our community, and students are coming to the School of Education because they want to contribute to that impact.”

To view the U.S. News & World Report rankings, please visit their website.

More information about the School of Education Research Center can be found at  


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News