Neag School of Education
The mission of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut is to improve education and promote the health and well-being of children and adults in Connecticut and beyond. The Neag School is home to UConn’s education programs as well as programs in kinesiology and physical therapy. Having gained prominence with a number of nationally recognized programs, the Neag School has set a goal to become one of the top 10 schools of education in the country.
Currently ranked sixteenth among public schools and in the top 25 overall by U.S. News & World Report, the Neag School has developed an ambitious strategic plan to become one of the 10 best schools of education—public or private. The plan also affirms the school’s continued focus on the kinesiology program, which is ranked number one in the country by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. The strategic plan calls for strengthening the school’s most successful and important programs and enhancing diversity and interdisciplinary education, research and outreach.
Recruiting top undergraduate students from Connecticut, especially from underrepresented populations, is a priority. In addition to increasing the number of scholarships, the school is investing in academic and enrichment programs as well. Our goals are to increase undergraduate research opportunities and enhance clinical and service learning experiences.
Preparing students to meet the needs of the twenty-first century workforce in Connecticut is one of the school’s primary missions. Nearly 40 percent of superintendents and assistant superintendents in Connecticut are alumni. Looking ahead, the Neag School is focused on attracting the best students from an international pool. The strategic plan calls for enhancing clinical training and research programs and investing in signature programs that have earned national or international distinction: teacher and administrator preparation; gifted and talented education; school psychology; exercise science; and strength and conditioning.
Our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally in their respective fields. Faculty support, including endowed chairs and professorships, is essential for recruiting and retaining eminent scholars and clinicians. Attracting additional renowned faculty members will increase scholarships, grant productivity and research.
The Neag School is home to 10 research centers (including two federally funded national centers), three scholarly journals, numerous outreach programs and the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic, which provides physical therapy to more than 1,000 patients annually. The school’s reputation for excellence was a key factor in UConn being selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to be one of only 11 institutions nationwide to participate in Teachers for New Era, a landmark initiative to improve teacher preparation and pupil learning.
Private giving enables the Neag School to continue its successful programs while providing seed funds to start new initiatives that will be catalysts for positive change, such as the Institute for Urban School Improvement, established in 2008. At the heart of the institute’s work is the CommPACT Schools initiative, a groundbreaking partnership between teacher unions, administrator organizations, parents and the Neag School to reform struggling K–12 schools in Connecticut.
Heather McDonald, Senior Director of Development for University Programs 860-486-4530
Assistant: Sharon Silbo, Administrative Assistant 860-486-0196
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