U.S. News & World Report is listing Ball State University's graduate programs in education among the best in the nation. The magazine's annual rankings of graduate programs granting doctoral degrees has Ball State's programs offered through Teachers College listed at 81st among 238 universities and colleges submitting information.

Ball State Teachers College is one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation with 9 doctoral, 18 master's, and 2 educational specialist degrees.

The magazine ranked the universities based on a weighted average of 10 measurements, including peer assessment score, superintendent assessment score, mean Graduate Record Exam (GRE) verbal scores, mean GRE quantitative scores, acceptance rate, student-faculty ratio, percent of faculty with awards, doctoral degrees granted, total research expenditures, average expenditures per faculty member.

The magazine added a new category this year, ranking the nation's Best Online Education Programs for Veterans. In this category, Ball State's programs ranked 8th. Ranking criteria for online education programs require that each program is housed in a regionally-accredited institution, and that the programs perform well enough on a multitude of factors to be included in the broader rankings. Those factors include faculty credentials, support provided to students, high graduation rates, and low debt loads.

More information about national rankings may be found at the U.S. News & World Report Web site.