The mission of our College is to earnestly embrace and encourage innovation, address essential needs of the state and nation, problem-solve issues of practice, and seek funding to build momentum for our best work in an entrepreneurial spirit. To be effective and efficient, we partner with national programs and receive prestigious grants to implement innovative endeavors including NevadaTeach, Nevada's Collaborative Investment in Teaching Excellence (N-CITE), Project ReCharge, Northern Nevada English Learning Initiative, and many more.
We also take accountability for student success very seriously. The hallmark of excellence is a relentless focus on analyzing one's results and figuring out how to get better. We ask of ourselves the same accountability that we ask of our students. We consistently hold ourselves to the quality standards upheld by other top national universities, such as our fellow members in Deans for Impact. Through a data-based continuous improvement system, through public reports on our results and through regular accreditation visits, we hold ourselves accountable to our students, graduates, and the public.
According to U.S. News and World Rankings, we are among the top 30 best education schools in the west ranked and recognized nationally, and our online graduate education programs rank #42 in the country. In addition, our student body continues to grow; in the past year, our undergraduate student body has increased 20%, our master's students up 10%, and our doctoral students up 25%. These statistics no doubt reflect our unwavering commitment to guide and mentor high-quality professionals to meet the most critical needs of the community, state, and region.
Furthermore, we are proud of the numerous and various teaching, service and research activities that take place here. Our faculty have received accolades and honors too numerous to mention here. While most colleges of education have scuttled their direct service mission years ago, we at UNR's College of Education are going strong. For example, we operate one of the top 10 Head Start programs in the country, serving over 200 children, we deliver an experimental grades 1-3 classroom every year in cooperation with our local school district, and we annually tutor over 300 grade school age struggling readers. Most of this activity occurs in our College of Education building, providing a dynamic atmosphere for teaching and research and perhaps most importantly, reminding us daily of why we are here. Our online course offerings and programs bring the College to the student, wherever he or she may be. And in this regard, we are a leader in the region.
Again, welcome to the UNR College of Education. I invite you to join us on an incredible educational journey.
Kenneth Coll, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education