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U.S. News and World Report gives UI graduate programs high marks

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's graduate and professional programs in the arts, education, engineering, law, medicine, and pharmacy are among the nation's best -- while UI programs in creative writing and printmaking rank number one, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The rankings appear in the magazine's eighth annual "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue, dated March 10. The issue will be on newsstands March 3.

Commenting on the rankings, UI President Mary Sue Coleman said, "We are very pleased to see that U.S. News and World Report continues to recognize the excellence of University of Iowa faculty, staff and students in developing many of the nation's leading graduate and professional programs."

The U.S. News and World Report rankings are based, in part, on the academic reputation of each individual school. Some of the other criteria used vary from school to school, including, for example, the rating of medical schools by directors of intern and residency programs and the rating of law schools by practicing judges and lawyers.

The University of Iowa rankings are the following:

* CREATIVE-WRITING PROGRAM -- The University of Iowa is ranked first in the nation. This is the first time U.S. News has ever ranked creative-writing programs.

* DRAMA/THEATER -- The UI drama and theater program is ranked 23rd in the nation, tied with Columbia University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Temple University. This is the first time since 1994 that U.S. News has ranked arts programs.

* EDUCATION -- The UI College of Education's doctoral program is ranked 14th among 191 graduate education programs. The program was ranked 22nd last year.

* ENGINEERING -- The UI College of Engineering is ranked 46th among the nation's 219 graduate engineering schools. Last year the program was not ranked.

* FINE ARTS -- The UI Master of Fine Arts program is ranked sixth in the nation, tied with California Institute of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, and Indiana University-Bloomington. This is the first time since 1994 that U.S. News has ranked arts programs.

* LAW -- The UI College of Law is ranked 28th among the 179 law schools ranked in the survey. Last year it was listed at number 33.

* MEDICINE -- The UI College of Medicine was ranked eighth best in the nation in primary care for the second year in a row. The category includes the 62 medical schools that graduated the highest share of doctors who, between 1987 and 1989, went into primary care specialties of family practice, general internal medicine and pediatrics.

* PHARMACY -- The UI doctor of pharmacy program is ranked 19th in the nation, tied with Virginia Commonwealth University. This is the first year that U.S. News has ranked pharmacy programs.

* PRINTMAKING -- The UI printmaking program is ranked first in the nation among such specialty programs. This is the first year that U.S. News has ranked arts programs.

2/27/97