College of Education Dean Ranked Among the Most Influential in the Nation

New Rankings from Mometrix Consider Program Rankings, Awards and Alumni Salaries

Robert McPherson, dean of the University of Houston College of Education, has been ranked among the 30 “Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States.”  The recognition comes from Mometrix Test Preparation, a Texas-based, global test preparation company.   

“This type of individual recognition reflects the collective effort and impact of the Tier One faculty, staff and students at the University of Houston,” McPherson said. “We are a College of Education aspiring to lead the nation in research, teaching and service by eliminating health and educational disparities and empowering human potential. Houston deserves nothing less.”  McPherson

The rankings considered state and national awards and honors, education program rankings, individual degree program rankings and the level of pay received by the institution’s alumni.

McPherson has led the college since 2012, during which time the college’s online graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine has also ranked the college’s graduate programs among the best in the nation. Additionally, the National Council for Teacher Quality has ranked three College of Education programs in the top 25 of the nation’s best teacher preparation programs. 

“Dr. McPherson has found a way to blend his background in psychology with an ever-growing education program at the University of Houston,” the Mometrix rankings noted. “Since his installment as dean, the College of Education has risen in national prominence.”

McPherson is a member of the National Academics of Practice and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.  He also has served as chair of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He also is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Karl Heiser Award which recognizes his state and national advocacy contributions on behalf of psychologists and their patients. 

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