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Teach for America Ranks UCSB 20th
updated: Sep 10, 2012, 11:32 AM
In the annual ranking of colleges and universities contributing the greatest
number of graduates to its teaching corps, Teach for America ranked UC Santa
Barbara at number 20. Thirty-five UCSB graduates have been selected this year to
work as beginning teachers in public schools in low-income communities across
Teach for America corps members are top college graduates and professionals who
commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools, and become
lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational opportunities for all students.
Teach for America recruits on more than 600 college campuses, seeking seniors
and graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds, who have demonstrated
achievement, perseverance, and leadership.
This year marks the first time more than 10,000 first- and second-year corps
members will be teaching in high-need classrooms, representing a 10 percent
increase over last year's total corps size. The 5,800 first-year corps members
earned an average grade point average of 3.54, and represent more than 1,500
colleges and universities across the nation. They will lead high-need classrooms
in 46 regions that span 36 states and the District of Columbia.
"This ranking illustrates the strong public service spirit among UCSB
undergraduates, as well as their exceptional preparation across the
disciplines," said Jane Close Conoley, professor of education and dean of UCSB's
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. "Our undergrads have both a passion to
make a difference in the world, and the benefit of a University of California
education in their majors. Both of these make our students most attractive to
Teach for America."
"We are grateful to the outstanding colleges and universities that cultivate
graduates with leadership skills and determination to address one of our
nation's greatest injustices -- the disparity in educational opportunity between
children in low-income communities and their wealthier peers," said Wendy Kopp,
chief executive officer and founder of Teach for America. "These corps members
bring a diversity of experiences and accomplishments to the classroom, and they
all share a powerful commitment to work toward solving this problem."
More information about Teach for America is available at
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