Saturday, April 25, 2009

Good News:

Appalachian’s Reich College of Education highlighted in U.S. News & World Report

BOONE—The Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University is included in U.S. News & World Report’s recent focus on graduate programs.

The magazine lists graduate programs in business, engineering, education, law and medical schools.

While the college isn’t ranked by the magazine it is one of the colleges that is featured in the article “Picking the Right School for an Education Grad Degree: Is it more important to go to a great school or a school near where you want to teach?”

The article states that, “Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education exemplifies the benefits of attending a high-quality program run out of a public institution. Reich’s dean, Charles Duke, says Appalachian’s ability to offer excellent but affordable teacher education in convenient locations is what leads so many future North Carolina educators to choose Appalachian.”

The article also addresses education programs that incorporate innovative teaching in the classroom. “A degree from Harvard or Stanford is certainly prestigious, but having one won’t help you become a better teacher any more than a degree from Appalachian will,” Duke says in the article, which further states that, “Reich College attracts faculty from across the country who bring the latest, most inventive teaching methods with them into the classroom. One plus: Faculty are also responsible for instructing students about the challenges they might face in different areas of the state.”

Nearly all of the graduate education students teach in North Carolina.

The article challenges those seeking graduate degrees in education to consider factors such as affordability and the school’s curriculum.

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