The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University was ranked No. 1 in the USA for conflict resolution and mediation, according to the California-based ranking service Schools.com.
The ranking is based on methodologies that compared George Mason to 57 other conflict resolution degree programmes around the USA.
“We’re honoured to be rated No. 1 in conflict resolution programmes by Schools.com,” said Kevin Avruch, dean of S-CAR. “We are the oldest and largest programme in conflict analysis and resolution in the world, and our multidisciplinary faculty and alumni have contributed in large ways to the development of the field in higher education. In fact, many of the programmes that followed us, including several on this list, were built, led, and staffed by our alumni.”
Avruch pointed out that the conflict programme with the No. 2 ranking, Maryland’s Salisbury University, was founded by Mason S-CAR alumnus, Brian Polkinghorn.
“Being the first or the largest is not necessarily a guarantee of excellence,” Avruch said. “Rather, it is a continuing challenge to grow, adapt, and innovate. We owe this rating to the world-class faculty, staff and the more than 1,800 alumni actively working in the world to reduce the costs of destructive conflict.”
Schools.com also ranked Mason No. 3 out of 44 four-year colleges in Virginia, and Mason’s writing programme in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences was No. 3 out of 350 programmes analysed.