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New rankings illustrate UTA’s focus on quality education

Thursday, May 25, 2017 • Media Contact: Teresa Woodard Schnyder

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The University of Texas at Arlington's focus on quality education continues to garner results as new rankings place the College of Education and School of Social Work among the best in the nation.

College Choice ranked UTA’s College of Education No. 5 in the nation, No. 2 in Texas and No. 1 in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for undergraduate teacher preparation programs. The College list is based on data from U.S. News and World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and ratings from the National Council on Teacher Quality, which listed UTA’s programs in the top three percent of the nation. The ranking also takes affordability into account.

“UTA graduates are meeting the needs of future generations of Texans,” said College of Education Dean Teresa Doughty. Dean Doughty joined UTA in August 2016 from Purdue University, ranked number one in the College Choice list. “Leading edge programs and talented faculty members within the College of Education ensure that teachers who learn the trade at UTA enter the workforce prepared to contribute on day one.”

College Choice ranked the UTA School of Social Work’s Master of Social Work program No. 29 in the United States. The College Choice Best Master of Social Work Degrees ranking is based on academic reputation, student satisfaction, affordability and average annual salary of graduates from the MSW program.  UTA’s MSW program is one of the largest in the nation and its graduates populate offices that serve children and families across North Texas.

“This ranking affirms the hard work being done by our talented faculty, staff and students,” said UTA School of Social Work Dean Scott D. Ryan. “Through our cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, internationally recognized faculty, and diverse program offerings, the school enjoys an excellent reputation for producing social work leaders dedicated to community service and life-long learning.”