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    2020-21 Neag School of Education Annual Report

The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut, one of the nation’s leading public higher education institutions. With academic departments dedicated to educational leadership, educational psychology, and curriculum and instruction, the Neag School also offers programs in such areas as school psychology; sport management; higher education and student affairs; counseling; and teacher and administrator preparation.

A Message From the Dean

Dean Jason G. Irizarry.
Dean Jason G. Irizarry. (Photo Credit: Carson Fitzner/Neag School)

Welcome to the Neag School of Education’s 2020-21 Annual Report. Within these pages, you will find content highlighting everything from our latest national rankings and student body demographics to this past year’s research accomplishments and public engagement efforts.

Even in the face of a pandemic that forced so many of us to spend the 2020-21 academic year teaching, working, and researching remotely, our faculty, staff, and students pushed relentlessly to further our School’s mission and bring their best selves to the classroom as well as the office — whether virtual or not — each and every day. I am proud to share with you all that our community has achieved despite countless challenges. And after a year like no other, we were incredibly fortunate to witness our Class of 2021 graduates celebrate Commencement Weekend in person.

On behalf of UConn’s Neag School of Education, I am delighted to invite you to explore this year’s report.

Jason Irizarry signature.

Dean Jason G. Irizarry
Neag School of Education
University of Connecticut


The Neag School’s mission is to improve educational and social systems to be more effective, equitable, and just for all. We develop educators, professionals, and scholars; conduct rigorous and relevant research; and engage in reciprocal and responsible partnerships with students, practitioners, policymakers, and community members in Connecticut and around the world.

National Rankings

For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UConn’s Neag School of Education among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation.

The Neag School stands at No. 16 among public graduate schools of education and at No. 27 for all graduate schools of education nationwide.

Read more about the Neag School’s 2022 rankings.

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“Carrying out our mission-driven work at UConn’s Neag School relies on and undeniably benefits from the innovation and diligence of our faculty and staff, as well as the tremendous students here who aspire to shape the future of education. It’s always gratifying to see their hard work and brilliance reflected back and aligning with our own vision and values.”

— Dean Jason G. Irizarry


  • 1,091 Students From 22 Countries and 37 States / Territories

  • 26.9% Students of Color

  • 600 Degrees/Certificates Awarded in 2020-21


  • 83 Faculty Members

  • 2 Endowed Chairs

  • 5 Named Professors


24,000+ Alumni Worldwide

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