Binghamton University’s education school gets a new name


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Following an all-school vote to ratify a change in the school’s by-laws, Binghamton University’s School of Education has been renamed the Graduate School of Education (GSE). According to Dean S. G. Grant, several factors prompted the change.

“The addition of the word ‘graduate’ to our name more accurately reflects our mission — working with graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels to become educators who contribute to the field as teachers, administrators, scholars and policy makers,” he said. “In the long run, this will give us a distinction among top-notch graduate schools in the country and will be a mark among our graduates who will trumpet that they went to a graduate school of education.

The School of Education was founded in 2006 when Binghamton’s School of Education and Human Development was separated into two schools − the College of Community and Public Affairs is the other.

“The change in name to the Graduate School of Education at Binghamton University supports and extends the excellent work for which the school is known,” Grant explained.

“The time is right for this name change to the Graduate School of Education,” said President C. Peter Magrath. “We do a marvelous job of educating our undergraduate students in their disciplines, but this change will draw attention to our Graduate School of Education’s exceptional track record of developing teachers and administrators at the graduate level who can work with students from birth through grade 12 – teachers who understand how to get the best out of students in the classroom.”

“This change also puts our school more firmly in the company of other outstanding schools of education, all of which are graduate-only," Grant added. "Recognizing that we are the Graduate School of Education will help Binghamton continue to recruit high-quality students and faculty, as well as give our school more visibility locally, statewide, nationally and internationally."

Last Updated: 9/17/13