RALEIGH, North Carolina — NC State University has been ranked No. 84 in the world in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings’ list of best colleges for education degrees. That is a jump of eight spots from last year when NC State debuted in the education category at No. 92 in the world.
“This international ranking reflects the extraordinary efforts of our faculty, staff, students and alumni to improve educational outcomes for all learners based upon powerful research and evidence-based best practices as well as the growing awareness that the NC State College of Education prepares some of the world’s best educators,” NC State College of Education Dean Mary Ann Danowitz said.
The 2020 THE World University Rankings ranked 477 universities around the world in the education subject area based on 13 performance indicators related to five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.
NC State performed particularly well in the research and citations areas. With over 120 funded research projects totaling over $90-plus million, the NC State College of Education ranks No. 1 in education research productivity in North Carolina and among the Top 6 percent of colleges of education in the nation. During the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the college’s faculty had half of their proposals funded and brought in over $30 million in new funded research.
In addition, the NC State College of Education is North Carolina’s largest supplier of both STEM educators and master’s-level literacy specialists, and is home to the state’s largest cohort of N.C. Teaching Fellows. The beginning teachers the college graduates also rate among the best on statewide performance measures. Last spring, U.S. News & World Report ranked the NC State College of Education No. 32 nationally among public graduate schools of education.