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U-M remains strong in U.S. News rankings

In U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's best graduate schools, the University continues to rank as a top leader.

The U.S. News editors gave U-M top 10 rankings in many disciplines and gave its No. 1 ranking to Health Service Administration and Higher Education Administration programs.

The University remained among the top graduate schools in the nation in a host of categories, with the School of Nursing rating 3rd in the nation, the College of Engineering ranking 6th, the Law School ranking 7th, the School of Education ranking 8th, the Business School ranking 13th and multiple honors for U-M medical programs.

U-M ranked 8th for medical school research programs and 22nd for medical school primary care programs. The University also did well in a host of new rankings for the book that went on sale last week. In new rankings of 213 master of fine arts programs, U-M enters at No. 34.

Paul N.Courant, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, says the rankings "provide gratifying confirmation that the University of Michigan is one of the finest universities in the nation."

However, he added, "Pleased as we are with these 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."

U-M rankings are comparable to last year's numbers, with the University retaining the same place it held in engineering, law and medicine research. The University ranking slipped slightly in other annual categories, moving from 10th to 13th among business schools, 7th to 8th among schools of education, and from 14th to 22nd among medical school primary care programs. The Medical School primary care program ranked 26th two years ago.

Altering of methodology can explain aberrations in scores from year to year. Each year, the magazine ranks graduate programs in the areas of business, education, engineering, law and medicine, weighing surveys of experts about program quality as well as statistical indicators looking at the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

This year, U.S. News issued new rankings of graduate programs in selected health fields and the fine arts, surveying nearly 2,000 faculty and administrators.

A host of new rankings within health specialties gave widespread recognition to U-M. Other newly issued health discipline rankings: public health (5), nurse practitioner family (9), nurse practitioner adult (8), gerontological/geriatric (8), clinical nurse specialist adult/medical surgical (8), community/public health (4), psychiatric/mental health (7), nursing service administration (5) and nursing-midwife (3).

In clinical psychology, a 2001 9th place ranking still holds. The magazine re-issued its 2000 survey of social work programs, in which U-M also was No. 1.Other newly issued rankings include:

Business specialties: accounting (5), management (4), international (6), entrepreneurship (10), executive MBA (9), marketing (5), production/operations (6), nonprofit (6), part-time MBA (8)

Education specialties: administration/supervision (9), education policy (4), educational psychology (3), elementary education (10), higher education administration (1), curriculum/instruction (7)

Engineering specialties: aerospace (5), biomedical (10), civil (8), computer engineering (6), electrical/electronic (5), environmental (2), industrial/manufacturing (2), materials (7), mechanical (4), nuclear (3)

Medical specialties: women's health (9), geriatrics (7), internal medicine (8) and family medicine (4).

A U.S. News editor said the greatest amount of data and even more detailed rankings will be available at the magazine's Web site, http://www.usnews.com.

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