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Lynch School of Education

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Lynch School GraduateFor more than a half century, the Lynch School of Education, which began as Boston College's first coeducational school on the Chestnut Hill campus, has pursued its mission to "enhance the human condition through education."

Founding Dean, Charles F. Donovan, S.J., sought to establish "a good and flourishing school of education" that would "exercise a beneficial influence on education and educational policies in this part of the country."

Today, the Lynch School is a complex academic enterprise that exerts an influence on education in Boston and its surrounding communities, and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States, and the international community.

The School has grown to 60 full-time faculty members, more than 35 part-time faculty members and another 60 researchers, 800 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students, and more than 25 academic programs in education, human development, and psychology.

The Lynch School has earned an outstanding reputation through the work of students and faculty who, individually and collectively, ask, "How can scholarship and knowledge be applied to problems of consequence?"

The School is a community of scholars committed to a model of education that serves the goals of social justice. The nearly 20,000 graduates of the Lynch School carry this commitment into their professional lives—as teachers, principals, superintendents, counselors, psychologists, curriculum specialists, university faculty members and administrators, researchers, testing and assessment experts, and program/policy evaluators. They work in such settings as schools, universities, research institutes, hospitals, social service agencies, private industry, clinical settings, foundations, and government agencies.

The Lynch School's commitment is informed by a sense of the practical and the possible. Its understanding of social problems such as discrimination, poverty, violence, ignorance and social inequity, and their impact in our communities, is based on experience working in and with the community.

This work is done in a dynamic environment of collaboration—faculty and graduate students collaborate with teachers, undergraduate students, counselors, parents and administrators; with schools and human service providers; and with professionals in various fields. The collaboration changes practice, leads to new learning in the Lynch School's various specialties within education and psychology, and informs state and national policy.

As a research institution at the graduate level, the Lynch School is ranked 24th (2014) among schools of education in the country, second in New England, and the only school at a Catholic university to be ranked in the top 50 (US News).

Members of the Lynch School faculty, conducting research as individuals and as members of the several national and international research centers at the Lynch School, attract more than $12 million a year in sponsored research.

Major research centers at the Lynch School include

  • Center for Catholic Education
  • Center for Child, Family, and Community Partnerships
  • Center for Human Rights and International Justice
  • Center for International Higher Education
  • Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy
  • Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture
  • TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center

The Lynch School is also a leader in innovative programs that enhance teaching and learning while removing the social, psychological, and health barriers to learning.

The Lynch School also is partner with the Boston Public Schools and the YMCA of Greater Boston in Boston Connects—a plan to coordinate and integrate the delivery of student support services to elementary school children throughout the Allston-Brighton/Mission Hill neighborhoods, most of whom face significant barriers to learning.

The Boston College School of Education's advance reached a new level in 1999, when Carolyn and Peter Lynch contributed more than $10 million to the University. In recognition of that gift, then the largest individual gift ever made to the University, the School of Education was formally named in their honor in November 2000.

Income from the Lynches' gift supports the entire range of School programs, including teacher preparation, graduate study, research, scholarships, and future initiatives. The generous support of people like Peter Lynch, a Boston College alumnus and perhaps the nation's best-known financial adviser, for a school of education is a strong message that education is a good investment.

The Lynch School of Education has experienced more than 50 years of sustained growth in stature and impact on education and educational policy. It looks forward to continuing to fulfill its mission to enhance the human condition, expand the human imagination, and make the world more just.