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**Top Graduate Programs at University of La Verne Recognized Once More**

The University of La Verne’s graduate programs in education and public administration have once again been recognized as the top programs in the nation, as per the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 edition of Best Graduate Schools. The university has consistently secured a place in the prestigious rankings over the years.

Targeted towards individuals seeking to advance their education post-college, the Best Graduate Schools rankings assess programs based on various factors such as current enrollment, job placement, faculty quality, and other essential indicators crucial for prospective students to make well-informed choices.

This year, the university stood out as one of only seven private California universities listed in the Best Education School ranking among 255 institutions nationwide. The University of La Verne LaFetra College of Education has been at the forefront of preparing educators and leaders to tackle the evolving challenges in today’s educational institutions and rapidly changing organizations. The college has garnered numerous state and national accolades, particularly in areas like continuing education and innovative technology integration.

Dean MD Haque of LaFetra College expressed gratitude for the recognition, emphasizing the institution’s commitment to educational equity, excellence, and innovation. Highlighting their proactive approach, he mentioned the expansion of adult and online degree programs, alongside professional learning initiatives that leverage cutting-edge technology in the curriculum. The college takes pride in delivering education that emphasizes diversity, innovation, technology, and research-based practices, facilitated by professors who are experts in their respective fields and are dedicated to maintaining high standards and quality programs.

Offering a diverse range of online and traditional programs in teaching preparation, leadership, educational counseling, school psychology, and child and adolescent development, the university has recently forged a partnership with AASA, the School Superintendents Association. This collaboration aims to enhance professional development, introduce new programs, share resources, and establish a prominent West Coast hub for AASA members and activities supporting K-12 school district leaders nationwide.

The University of La Verne, accredited by the globally recognized Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Commission, provides both [ppp1] degrees. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the MPA program, offering specializations in urban management and affairs, nonprofit management, public health, and a unique JD/MPA dual degree program in collaboration with the University of La Verne College of Law and Public Service.

Reflecting on five decades of academic excellence, Dean Kevin Marshall of the College of Law and Public Service expressed enthusiasm about the national recognition and the institution’s role in shaping a better future by producing competent and passionate graduates dedicated to public service. He highlighted the distinct opportunity for students to pursue dual graduate degrees in law (JD) and public administration (MPA), equipping them with a competitive edge to lead in various public sector domains.

Graduates from the University of La Verne have found employment in local government, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Recent reports from graduating classes indicate that around 69 percent are employed in public sector roles across local, state, and federal agencies, 26 percent are engaged in the nonprofit sector, with the remaining individuals working in the private sector. Popular career paths include roles in nonprofit management and public policy.

Posted: April 9, 2024

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