The University Record, April 8, 2002

U.S. News gives University’s graduate programs high marks

By Theresa Maddix

The Medical School made great strides in this year’s U.S.News and World Report ranking, jumping up one spot, to eight, as a research school and moving up 12 spots, to 14, for primary care. Rankings are printed in today’s (April 8) issue of U.S. News’ “Best Graduate Schools.” Other U-M areas in the top 10 are engineering (6), education (7), law (7), mathematics (8), and business (10). Receiving high marks for doctorate programs are physics (13), biological sciences (14), computer science (14) and chemistry (21).

Interim Provost Paul Courant responded to the news, saying, “The latest rankings from U.S.News and World Report provide gratifying confirmation that the University of Michigan is one of the finest universities in the nation. This recognition of the accomplishments of our faculty and students is something of which we can all be proud.

“Pleased as we are with this new data, I think it important to recall that no simple set of statistics can capture adequately the nuanced strengths and weaknesses of individual graduate and professional programs, nor of the University overall. This university offers excellence of a scale and scope that few institutions in the world can match.”

U.S. News uses survey data to determine its rank order. While the metrics vary for each program, common indicators include quality assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, research activity, overall rank and specialty rankings.

The Medical School flexed its muscle in five specialty areas, achieving ranking of sixth in geriatrics and women’s health, eighth in internal medicine and 10 in drug/alcohol abuse and family medicine. The top seven spots for research schools of medicine are Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University–St. Louis, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of California–San Francisco and Columbia University. The top three schools for primary care are the University of Washington, Oregon Health and Science University and the University of California–San Francisco.

U-M is sixth in engineering, as compared to an overall ranking of fourth in 2001, among 185 graduate programs surveyed. Eight specialty areas were ranked: industrial/manufacturing (2), mechanical (2), aerospace/aeronautical/astronomical (3), nuclear (3), electrical/electronic/communications (5), civil (6), computer (6) and bioengineering/biomedical (9). The top five engineering programs are at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California–Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign.

Education again ranked seventh among 188 graduate school programs surveyed. Six specialty areas are in the top 10: higher education administration (1), educational psychology (3), curriculum/instruction (5), education policy (5), administration/supervision (10) and elementary education (10).

The Law School also held its seventh place spot this year based on a weighted average of 12 measures of quality. Two highly ranking specialties are clinical training (7) and international law (8).

Schools of law ranking higher than U-M were Yale University, Stanford University, Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University and the University of Chicago. U-M tied with the University of California–Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia. The Law Diversity Index, a measure of the degree of a school’s racial and ethnic diversity, gave the University a score of .39 on a scale of 1.

The School of Business remained in 10th place for another year among 352 accredited master’s programs surveyed. Eight specialty programs were ranked: marketing (4), general management (5), productions/operations management (6), quantitative analysis (7), nonprofit organizations (7) and part-time M.B.A. (7).

The top nine universities are Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan), Northwestern University (Kellogg), Duke University (Fuqua), University of Chicago, Columbia University and Dartmouth College. U-M tied with the University of California–Berkeley (Haas) and the University of Virginia.

“Best Graduate Schools” also includes rankings from previous years for schools not surveyed this year. In 1999, geology was ranked fifth. In 2000, health systems administration and social work were ranked first, and nursing and public health were ranked fourth. In 2001, political science and psychology were ranked second, sociology was ranked third, history was ranked fifth, English and economics were ranked 11th, and clinical psychology was ranked 19th.

U.S. News has published graduate school rankings since 1994. For more information, visit the Web,