BU Ranks in Top 20 College Contributors to Teach for America

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University was recently ranked in the top twenty large universities, those with at least 10,000 undergraduate students, for the amount of graduates it provided to the 2010 Teach for America (TFA) corps. Out of the 4,500 new corps members in 2010, 35 of them came from Boston University. The ranking was mostly due to Boston University School of Education’s (SED) recent partnership with TFA which began at the start of the 2008-2009 school year.

Director of Educational Initiatives at SED Amy Slate said, “We have found our partnership with TFA to be mutually beneficial and are proud to be a significant contributor to their corps.”

TFA corps members are top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in underserved schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity. TFA recruits individuals from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, perseverance, and leadership. Other top university contributors to the corps are University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Cornell University.

Established in 1918, Boston University’s School of Education serves a diverse student body of 400 undergraduate and 600 graduate students, 112 of whom are pursuing doctoral degrees. It has 52 full-time faculty, numerous adjunct faculty, and 40 staff members. In addition to a significant focus on preparing education professionals, the school is regarded highly for programs in the fields of literacy, mathematics education, deaf studies, international educational development, special education and science education. It is further distinguished by its productive partnerships with local school districts, most notably with Chelsea and Boston.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.