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University of Iowa News Release

March 31, 2005

Note: The rankings of two UI programs, as compared to other public universities, have been corrected by University News Services. The Education Specialty of Higher Education Administration is actually 10th in the nation among public schools, not 11th as previously reported. And Political Science is 12th among publics, not 11th as previously reported. We apologize for the error.

U.S. News Ranks UI Graduate Programs Highly Among Public Universities

According to the latest rankings of graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Iowa is making strides toward meeting a primary goal of its Strategic Plan: to become one of the 10 most distinguished public research universities in the nation.

Based on the magazine's rankings for the 2006 edition of its annual "America's Best Graduate Schools," the UI has seven top 10 graduate colleges and programs among public universities, and an additional 12 among the top 15 public universities.

Two UI colleges -- the UI College of Law and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine (in the area of primary care) -- are ranked among the top 10 publics (at No. 7 and No. 10, respectively), while the UI College of Education is ranked No. 15 among publics.

Leading the pack of UI graduate programs and specialties, when compared with other public universities, is the Sociology Specialty of Social Psychology (housed at the UI in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or CLAS) in the No. 2 spot, the law specialty of International Law in the No. 6 spot, the medicine specialty of Rural Medicine in the No. 7 spot and the engineering specialty of Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering in the No. 10 spot.

All told, 33 UI graduate schools and programs were newly ranked this year as being among the nation's best.

"It is extremely gratifying to see how well our university measures up across the disciplines with other schools, both public and private," UI President David Skorton said. "That we continue to rank highly in so many areas is a credit to the dedicated faculty and staff who make it a priority to provide a quality education at a great value."

UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan, who co-chaired the UI Strategic planning process with Senior Vice President and Treasurer Doug True, agreed.

"In light of our recent work on the new UI Strategic Plan and our goal to be among the Top 10 public universities in the nation, these new graduate and professional rankings give us important benchmark data," Hogan said. "We are particularly pleased to note that several of our graduate academic programs already are or are approaching Top 10 status among public universities. These rankings measure the effectiveness of our teaching and research missions. The higher the ranking, the better we do in serving our students and the people of the state."

Following are all newly ranked graduate schools, specialties and programs, beginning with the highest rankings. Rankings at the front end are as compared to other public universities. The overall ranking, comparing UI colleges and programs to all public and private universities, is listed subsequently.

Rankings with an asterisk (*) will be included in the print version of "America's Best Graduate Schools 2006." All other ranked programs will be included in an expanded rankings list that will be available online at www.usnews.com beginning Friday, with a paid subscription.

*2. Sociology Specialty of Social Psychology. At the UI the sociology program resides in the CLAS. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 3.)

6. Law Specialty of International Law, tied with the University of Georgia and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 21, tied with the University of Georgia, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Vanderbilt University.)

*7. Law school overall ranking. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 22, tied with Washington and Lee University)

*7. Medicine Specialty of Rural Medicine, tied with East Tennessee State University. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 7, tied with East Tennessee State University.)

10. Engineering Specialty of Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, tied with Pennsylvania State University-University Park. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 17, tied with Pennsylvania State University-University Park and Rice University.)

*10. Medicine (Primary Care), tied with the University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center -- a single entity -- and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 11, tied with Harvard University, the University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center -- a single entity -- and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.)

10. Education Specialty of Higher Education Administration. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 15)

*12. Political Science, tied with Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Washington. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 25, tied with Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Texas-Austin, and the University of Washington.) At the UI the Political Science Department resides in the CLAS.

*12. Medicine (Research). (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 28, tied with Boston University.)

12. Medicine Specialty of Family Medicine. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 14, tied with Baylor College of Medicine.)

13. Education Specialty of Counseling/Personnel Services, tied with Michigan State University and SUNY-Albany. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 13, tied with Michigan State University, SUNY-Albany and Columbia University's Teachers College.)

13. Education Specialty of Curriculum and Instruction, tied with Arizona State University's Main Campus and Harvard University. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 16)

13. Education Specialty of Educational Psychology. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 18)

14. Business Specialty of Accounting, tied with the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 27, tied with the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia.)

14. Education Specialty of Secondary Education. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 17)

*15. Education school overall ranking, tied with the University of Florida. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 25)

15. Education Specialty of Elementary Education, tied with the University of Texas-Austin. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 17, tied with Boston College and the University of Texas-Austin)

15. Education Specialty of Special Education. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 18)

15. English (Ph.D.) program overall ranking, tied with Pennsylvania State-University Park and the University of California-Santa Barbara. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 28, tied Pennsylvania State-University Park, the University of California-Santa Barbara, Emory University and Vanderbilt University.)

16. Economics (Ph.D. program), tied with Michigan State University. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 34, tied with Michigan State University.) At the UI, the economics program resides in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

*16. Pharmacy (Pharm.D. program), tied with the University at Buffalo-SUNY, the University of Kansas and the University of Tennessee-Memphis. (Ranked among all public and private graduate programs: 17, tied with the University at Buffalo-SUNY, the University of Kansas and the University of Tennessee-Memphis.)

17. History (Ph.D.) program overall ranking, tied with the College of William and Mary, the University of California-Irvine, UC-San Diego, and UC-Santa Barbara. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 32, tied with College of William and Mary, the University of California-Irvine, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame.)

*18. Business school overall ranking, tied with Penn State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 37, tied with Penn State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.)

19. Engineering Specialty of Biomedical/Bioengineering, tied with North Carolina State University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of California-Irvine and the University of California-Los Angeles. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 40, tied with North Carolina State University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of California-Irvine, the University of California-Los Angeles and Yale University.)

20. Education Specialty of Psychology (at the UI this resides in the College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations), tied with Ohio State University, Penn State-University Park, Penn State-University Park's Program in Human Development and Family Studies, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 36, tied with Ohio State University, Penn State-University Park, Penn State-University Park's Program in Human Development and Family Studies, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, New York University, Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis.)

25. Psychology (Ph.D. program, based at the UI in the CLAS), tied with Arizona State, University of California-Davis, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara and the University of Oregon. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 47, tied with Arizona State, University of California-Davis, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara, University of Oregon, Emory University and the University of Rochester.)

25. Engineering Specialty of Civil Engineering, tied with Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 39, tied with Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia.)

28. Engineering Specialty of Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, tied with the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Louisville. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 37, tied with the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Louisville.)

30. Engineering Specialty of Computer Engineering, tied with the University of Utah. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 49, tied with Case Western Reserve University and the University of Utah.)

30. Engineering Specialty of Electrical/Electronic/Communications, tied with Auburn University, Colorado State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Utah and Washington State University. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 55, tied with Auburn University, Colorado State University, Lehigh University, Polytechnic University, Syracuse University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Utah and Washington State University.)

31. Engineering school overall ranking, tied with the University at Buffalo-SUNY. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 56, tied with the University at Buffalo-SUNY.)

32. Engineering Specialty of Mechanical Engineering, tied with Michigan Technological University, Naval Postgraduate School, University at Buffalo-SUNY and the University of Connecticut. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 52, tied with Dartmouth College, Drexel University, Michigan Technological University, Naval Postgraduate School, University at Buffalo-SUNY, University of Connecticut and Vanderbilt University.)

35. Engineering Specialty of Chemical Engineering, tied with Colorado State University, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, the University of California-Irvine and the University of Illinois-Chicago. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 55, tied with Auburn University, Colorado State University, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, the University of California-Irvine and the University of Illinois-Chicago.)

Featured in the online edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" only will be deeper rankings of schools and programs that didn't make it into the print edition of the guide.

The U.S.News website also carries an expanded rankings list that includes programs ranked in previous years. The UI programs, ranked against public and private schools, are:

1. Nursing Service Administration (2003 ranking)

1. Speech-Language Pathology (master's, 2003 ranking).

2. Audiology master's/doctorate (2003 ranking). At the UI, the audiology program resides in the CLAS.

2. Nursing Specialties-Gerontological/Geriatric (2003 ranking)

2. Printmaking (2003 ranking)

2. Physician Assistant (masters, 2003 ranking)

3. Rehabilitation Counseling (master's/doctorate, 2003 ranking)

5. Physical Therapy master's/doctorate (2003 ranking)) At the UI, the physical therapy program is part of the Division of Associated Medical Sciences in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

7. Paleontology (doctoral program, 2000 ranking)

8. Nursing (masters, 2003 ranking)

10. Health Services Administration (master's, 2003 ranking)

10. Fine Arts (master's, 2003 ranking)

11. Nursing Specialty of Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric (2003 ranking)

15. Clinical Psychology doctorate (2003 ranking). At the UI, the clinical psychology program resides in the department of psychology in the CLAS.

18. Fine Arts Specialties: Painting/Drawing (2003 ranking)

18. Public Health (master's/doctorate) (2003 ranking)

25. Nursing: Anesthesia (master's, 2003 ranking)

45. Biological Sciences (2002 ranking)

46. Social Work (master's, 2003 ranking)

55. Mathematics (2002 ranking)

58. Chemistry (2002 ranking)

59. Applied Mathematics (2002 ranking)

60. Computer Science (2002 ranking)

61. Physics (2002 ranking)

The full, print edition of the annual guide will be available at newsstands Monday, April 4, as will the April 11 edition of "U.S.News & World Report," which will carry excerpts from the full guide.

All of the information in the printed guide, plus deeper rankings that are available only online, can also be found at http://www.usnews.com. A subscription is required to access all of the data.

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 9,100 academics and other professionals.

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

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972; Writer: Stephen J. Pradarelli