December 18, 2013
BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary has been named a top college for teacher education in a new ranking from The College Database.
The new ranking, "Top Colleges in North Dakota: Shaping the Next Generation," highlights post-secondary institutions in the state that produced the most education graduates during the 2012 school year.
Doug Jones, founder of The College Database, headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., said that while many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs, the ranking wants to identify those that make the largest impact on students.
"In addition to a focus on academic integrity and changing needs in education," said Brenda Werner, chair of U-Mary's Department of Education, "schools on the ‘Top Colleges in North Dakota' list offer excellent instructors. "Students are involved in research that could impact teaching throughout the nation, and are offered different concentrations depending on their interests," Werner said. Werner also noted that students are exposed to schools through internships and are shown diverse teaching methods, all of which make a significant difference when starting a career in teaching.
The list considers each school's ranking, faculty, facilities and innovative programs, Werner said, and Mary is the top private school in the state.
The College Database uses the following methods to select the top colleges on the list — full accreditation, four-year programs, public or private not-for-profit schools only, U.S. colleges only, and a minimum of 10 graduates from education or teaching programs in 2012.
About the College Database: The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about education options nationally and locally to students, parents and others interested. All information and tools on the site are free and easy to access. The College Database has become a leader in providing educational information to libraries, high schools and career centers across the country.