Touro College Graduate School of Education Ranked First in New York State for Graduating Minorities

Date: July 26, 2012
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School in Top Ten for Producing Minority Graduates Nationally.

New York, N.Y. – The Touro College Graduate School of Education has been ranked first in New York state for graduating minority students with master’s degrees in education, according to the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Nationally, the biweekly publication ranked Touro in the top ten among universities graduating minority students with master’s degrees in education in four specific categories: African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and “Total Minority.”

In addition to ranking first in graduating minority students overall in New York state, the Touro Graduate School of Education also ranked first in New York for graduating Hispanic and African American students, and second for graduating Asian American students.

The rankings are published in a special report released this month identifying the top 100 minority degree producers among graduate schools. Titled the “Diverse Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers,” the report analyzes the most recent raw data provided to the United States Department of Education from 4,800 public and private universities and colleges for the 2010-11 academic year.

“These extraordinary results demonstrate Touro’s commitment to fostering equal access and educational opportunity to all, and to providing opportunities to a wide spectrum of our urban communities,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of Touro College. “This commitment is a cornerstone of our mission as we celebrate 40 years of educational outreach, innovation and growth.”

Dr. LaMar Miller, dean of Touro’s Graduate School of Education, said, “We are very proud of our record in providing a superior education, and our success in creating a diverse institution that prepares our future teachers and educational leaders. Touro offers its students excellent training in a multitude of convenient locations. In addition, our tuition is affordable, a definite plus during these challenging economic times.”

Established in 1993, the School currently enrolls approximately 3,600 students, most of whom are in the Master of Science programs in Education and Special Education. Other M.S. programs are offered in Teaching Literacy, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Mathematics Education, Instructional Technology, and School Leadership. Approximately 74 full-time and over 100 adjunct faculty teach at the School, which offers classes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Bay Shore, Long Island – as well as online.

Touro's Graduate School of Education is the largest provider of new special education teachers to New York City's public schools, and one of the largest providers of teachers to "high need schools" - those that face special challenges in helping students succeed.

In addition to its degree programs, the School conducts significant research through its Lander Center for Educational Research, a federally-funded operation that helps public schools address problems that impact student achievement and equality of educational opportunity. This year, the School also received a $1.9 million grant from the federal government to operate one of 10 “Equity Assistance Centers” in the U.S. to help public schools address issues of race, gender and national origin that impact on student achievement and opportunity.