BSU occupies the 16th position on the recently released list of Top U.S. Colleges & Universities for Teaching Education. These institutions offer their students the widest range of program options when it comes to teaching education.
Specifically helping Bridgewater rank high, according to The College Database, which compiled the list, is the university’s large number of teaching education programs.
Dr. Lisa Battaglino, dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies, welcomed the ranking.
“I am thrilled and honored because the College of Education and Allied Studies is truly deserving of this recognition,” she said. “We produce more teachers than any other university in the state and we have exceptional faculty and students.”
The college boasts 65 full-time faculty members, all with doctorates, and has just initiated an iPad program to keep students on the cutting edge of classroom technology, Dean Battaglino said.
She added that many BSU students are well suited to becoming future educators. “Our students often overcome barriers to complete their education, and as a result, we have students who are both determined and sensitive to the needs of their future students,” she said.
BSU’s roots are in teacher training. American public education pioneer Horace Mann founded the school in 1840, and through 1960 the institution’s name indicated its status as a normal school or teachers college.
In a statement, Teresa Mullins, managing director of communication & partnerships for The College Database, said, “When pursuing a college degree, it’s important for students to find a school that fits their academic, professional, and campus wants and needs. Therefore, it’s equally important to recognize the colleges and universities with programs and atmospheres that truly make a difference.
The survey relies on data from the federal government and the Carnegie Foundation. The College Database is a free, non-commercial website dedicated to providing current and future post-secondary students and their families with accurate and valuable college- and career-related information.
Dean Battaglino said the recognition only serves to spur the college on.
“Being ranked 16th is a source of pride for all of us, and we will continue to excel,” she said.
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