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University of Iowa News Release

April 4, 2003

UI Medicine, Business Colleges Move Up In Rankings

The University of Iowa colleges of business and medicine made notable gains in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of graduate school programs, while half a dozen other UI programs - from nursing and audiology to printmaking and paleontology - continued to rank among the top 10 in the nation.

The UI also fared well in deeper rankings of colleges and specialties - particularly in education and health - that are available only online and will not appear in the print version of the 2004 America's Best Graduate Schools, which reaches newsstands Monday, April 7.

"I've worked closely with the faculty and staff here for many years and can attest to the professionalism, creativity and dedication that they bring to their work, whether it's in the realm of teaching, scholarship or service to the community," UI President David Skorton said. "I'm proud to be part of an institution where excellence abounds. And it's gratifying when others recognize the superb job done by our people."

America's Best Graduate Schools ranks the Henry B. Tippie College of Business No. 29 in the nation in a tie with Brigham Young University, Washington University in St. Louis and University of Notre Dame. That compares with the college's No. 34 ranking last year, when it tied with Notre Dame, Southern Methodist University and the University of Arizona.

The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, ranked in the category of top research schools, is No. 24 this year, tied with Case Western Reserve University and University of Alabama-Birmingham. Last year it was ranked No. 30 in this category.

In the category of top primary care schools, the UI College of Medicine is ranked No. 9 this year in a tie with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of Rochester. That's the same spot it held in this category last year, when it tied with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

The UI College of Medicine's rural medicine program also moved up in the rankings, to No. 4 this year from No. 7 last year.

In other rankings, the UI College of Education placed at No. 30 this year. Last year it was ranked No. 29 in a tie with Cornell University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri-Columbia and University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

The UI College of Law is ranked No. 21 this year. Last year it was ranked No. 18 along with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of Southern California and Washington and Lee University.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' master of fine arts program is ranked No. 10 this year, tied with Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2000, the last year this program was ranked, the UI was ranked No. 6 along with the California Institute of Arts, Carnegie Mellon University and Indiana University-Bloomington. The UI's printmaking program is ranked No. 2, compared with its No. 1 ranking in 2000.

A number of health-related graduate programs also were ranked, and some programs ranked in previous years will carry over to the latest edition of U.S. News' America's Best Graduate Schools. Alphabetically, they are:

* Audiology, master's/doctorate: No. 1 (2000 ranking). At the UI, the audiology program resides in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

* Clinical Psychology, doctorate: No. 12 along with Duke University (2001 ranking). At the UI the clinical psychology program resides in the department of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

* Health Services Administration, master's: No. 10 this year, tied with Johns Hopkins University and UCLA.

* Nursing, master's: No. 8 this year, tied with the University of Illinois- Chicago.

* Nursing Service Administration: No. 1 this year. In 2000 the program was also ranked No. 1.

* Nursing Specialties-Gerontological/Geriatric: No. 2 this year. In 2000 the program was ranked No. 4.

* Paleontology, doctoral program: No. 7 (2000 ranking).

* Physical Therapy, master's/doctorate: No. 3, tied with Duke University, Emory University, University of Miami, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Pittsburgh (2000 ranking)

* Physician Assistant, master's: No. 2 this year. In 2000 the program was ranked No. 2, tying with George Washington University in D.C.

* Psychology, doctoral program: No. 45, tying with Arizona State University, Duke University (department of experimental psychology), the University of Arizona, the University of California-Berkeley (School of Education), the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University of Oregon and the University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus (2001 ranking). Note: This ranking is for the program within the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' department of psychology.

* Rehabilitation Counseling, master's/doctorate. No. 3 this year, tied with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The program was also ranked No. 3 in 2000, when it was also tied with Southern Illinois. At the UI, the Rehabilitation Counseling program resides in the College of Education.

* Social Psychology (doctoral program). No. 4 (2001 ranking).

* Speech Language Pathology, master's: No. 1 (2000 ranking) At the UI, the speech pathology program resides in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

EXPANDED RANKINGS-NEW (available online only):

Education Specialties: Counseling/Personnel Services: No. 12 (out of 18 places) in a tie with Michigan State University.

Education Specialties: Educational Psychology: No. 17 (out of 22 places) in a tie with Penn State University-University Park

Education Specialties: Elementary Education: No. 12 (out of 18 places) in a tie with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Education Specialties: Secondary Education: No. 18 (out of 18 places) in a tie with the University of California-Berkeley.

Education Specialties: Higher Education Administration: No. 18 (out of 20 places) in a tie with the main campus of Arizona State University.

Engineering: No. 52 (out of 83 places) in a tie with the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University.

Fine Arts Specialties: Painting/Drawing: No. 18 (out of 18 places) in a tie with the Pratt Institute in New York, Rutgers State University-New Brunswick and the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Health Disciplines: Nursing: Anesthesia (master's): No. 25 (out of 67 places) in a tie with Columbia University, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Kansas.

Health Disciplines: Public Health (Master's/Doctorate): No. 18 (out of 18 places) in a tie with St. Louis University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of South Carolina.

Medical Specialties: Family Medicine: No. 11 (out of 23 places) in a tie with East Carolina University in North Carolina.

Medical Specialties: Internal Medicine: No. 17 (out of 26 places) in a tie with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University.

Nursing Specialties: Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric: No. 11 (out of 19 places) in a tie with Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, Northeastern University, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Illinois-Chicago and the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

EXPANDED RANKINGS-PREVIOUS (available online only):

Applied Mathematics: No. 59 (out of 69 places) in a tie with the University of Houston (2002 ranking).

Biological Sciences: No. 45 (out of 121 places) in a tie with Brown University, Dartmouth College, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University-University Park, Rice University in Texas, SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Alabama-Birmingham and the University of Maryland-College Park (2002 ranking)

Chemistry: No. 58 (out of 86 places) in a tie with Boston College, Brown University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Kansas, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oregon, Virginia Tech and Wayne State University (2002 ranking).

Computer Science: No. 60 (out of 67 places) in a tie with Boston University, Iowa State University, the OGI School of Science & Engineering-Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Delaware, the University of Oregon and Vanderbilt University (2002 ranking).

Economics: No. 31 (out of 51 places) in a tie with Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University-University Park, the University of California-Davis, the University of Washington and Washington University in St. Louis (2001 ranking)

English: No. 27 (out of 79 places) in a tie with Pennsylvania State University-University Park and Vanderbilt University (2001 ranking)

Health Disciplines: Clinical Psychology (doctorate): No. 12 (out of 108 places) in a tie with Duke University (2001 ranking).

Health Disciplines: Social Work (master's): No. 50 (out of 70 places) in a tie with St. Louis University, SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Denver (2000 ranking)

History: No. 32 (out of 84 places) in a tie with the University of California-Irvine and Vanderbilt University (2001 ranking).

Law Specialties: International Law: No. 14 (out of 23 places) (2002 ranking)

Mathematics: No. 55 (out of 97 places) in a tie with North Carolina State University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Oregon and Virginia Tech (2002 ranking).

Physics: No. 61 (out of 84 places) in a tie with CUNY Graduate School and University Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, Rockefeller University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2002 ranking).

Psychology (based in the UI College of Education's Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations): No. 61 (out of 157 places) in a tie with Dartmouth College, Emory University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University (Department of Organization Behavior), SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Texas-Austin (Child Development and Family Relations), the University of California-Davis, the University of Florida, the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Southern California (2001 ranking).

Political Science: No. 27 (out of 57 places) in a tie with Johns Hopkins University (2001 ranking)

Sociology: No. 28 (out of 59 places) in a tie with Brown University, University of California-Davis, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (2001 ranking)

Each year, U.S. News ranks graduate programs in the areas of business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. For the rankings in all five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of more than 1,000 programs and nearly 7,000 academics and other professionals conducted in the fall of 2002.

This year, U.S. News also produced new rankings of graduate programs in selected health fields and the fine arts, surveying nearly 2,000 faculty and administrators. The rankings in these fields, plus those from previous years in health-related fields, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and public affairs, are based solely on the ratings of academic experts.

U.S. News first published a reputation-only graduate school ranking in 1987. The annual America's Best Graduate Schools report began in 1990.

All of the rankings and articles from Best Graduate Schools are available at U.S. News Online (a special paid subscription is required for full access) at http://www.usnews.com

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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