Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education placed for the first time in the U.S News & World Report Top Schools of Education.

The list ranks more than the 250 top Schools of Education, out of more than 800 schools around the nation. LMU placed 117th on the list. It was the fourth highest ranked Jesuit institution in the country and the 13th top-ranked school in California.

“This is the first year our School of Education was eligible for consideration for the U.S. News & World Report rankings,” said Shane P. Martin, dean for the School of Education. “I’m so proud of the work our faculty, staff and students do that made this ranking possible. I know we’ll continue to work hard and move forward in the years to come.”

Graduate programs at 278 schools granting doctoral degrees in education were surveyed in fall 2007 and early 2008. Of those schools, 245 responded; 242 provided the data needed to calculate rankings based on an average of the ten quality measures, including a quality assessment survey given to deans; average Graduate Record Examination scores and acceptance rates; faculty resources and research activities among faculty.

Other top-ranked schools included Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbuilt and Columbia. Top-ranked Jesuit institutions were Boston College, Fordham University and Marquette University.