Touro College Ranked #1 in N.Y. State Second Year In A Row For Awarding Most Graduate Education Degrees to Minorities
For the second year in a row, Touro College Graduate School of Education awarded more master’s degrees to minority students than any other college or university in New York State, according to the magazine, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The biweekly publication, in its “Top 100 Degree Producers” report published in October, ranked Touro #1 for the most master’s degrees awarded to African Americans, Hispanics and minority students overall in New York State. The school also ranked #3 in the state for awarding Asian Americans the most graduate degrees in education.
Nationally, Touro ranked among the top 10 universities for awarding the most master’s degrees in education to minorities (ranking eighth in the nation) and to Asian Americans (ranking seventh in the nation).
The rankings were tallied from data gathered by the United States Department of Education from 4,800 public and private universities and colleges that were surveyed about the number of minorities they had graduated during the 2012-13 academic year.
“Once again, these rankings reflect Touro’s commitment to educating a diverse group of highly qualified teachers who will effectively meet the needs of our elementary and secondary school classrooms and curriculum,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of Touro College. “Our mission has always been to foster professional development and academic leadership for all individuals so they can prepare for the unique challenges they will face in their careers as educators,” he added.
Also commenting on Touro’s rankings was Dr. Arnold Spinner, interim dean of the Graduate School of Education, who said, “We serve a student body that represents the diversity found in public school systems in New York and throughout the nation. With the degrees they’ve earned many of our graduates will return to their communities to serve the next generation of young learners, and will have an enormous impact on the students they will teach.
Established in 1993, the School currently enrolls approximately 3,260 students, most of whom are in the M.S. programs in Education and Special Education. Other M.S. programs are offered in Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, School Leadership, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Teaching Literacy. Approximately 76 full-time and over 103 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.