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Graduate Schools Hold Their Own in National Rankings

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Colleges and Universities throughout the state are touting their inclusion on this year's U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School rankings. The list includes Indiana University Kelley School of Business, the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

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IU Kelley ranks 22nd overall, up one spot from last year. The Mendoza College of Business is 27th. The Krannert School of Management ranks 44th.

March 12, 2013

News Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- U.S. News and World Report again gave high marks to Indiana University programs in education, business, law and medicine in its annual Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The School of Library and Information Sciences at IU Bloomington was rated eighth-best in the country, and the College of Arts and Sciences' humanities and social-science programs were among the nation's best.

Complete rankings are available at www.usnews.com/grad. They will be included in the Best Graduate Schools 2014 guidebook, on newsstands April 9. Highlights were made available to colleges and universities in advance of today's release.

The IU School of Education moved back into the top 20 schools. It was tied for 19th overall and 10th among education schools in public universities.

Its specialty in higher education administration ranked ninth and its elementary education program ranked 11th. The school's online Ed.D., master's and professional certification programs were 14th in rankings that U.S. News released in January.

"This is the 13th year in a row the IU School of Education has been ranked among the top 10 percent of education programs surveyed by U.S. News," said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the school. "There are about 1,500 colleges that prepare teachers and nearly 300 that are invited to participate in the national rankings, so this is no small feat. The credit belongs to Indiana University's world-class faculty and students, whose academic and research performance makes this possible year after year."

Schools of business

The IU Kelley School of Business moved to 22nd in the overall rankings of graduate business programs, up from 23rd last year. It was seventh among public universities and first among programs in Indiana.

The school's part-time MBA program on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ranked ninth. Kelley specialties ranked 10th in production/operations, 10th in entrepreneurship and 13th in accounting. Its Kelley Direct online MBA program was third in the January rankings.

"The Kelley School is unique among Big Ten business schools in that all its programs -- undergraduate and full-time, online and evening MBA programs -- consistently are considered among the nation's best," said Idalene Kesner, interim dean of the Kelley School of Business and Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. "Our overall No. 22 full-time MBA and No. 9 part-time MBA rankings place us among the elite of nationally accredited programs.

"This ranking is consistent with other internal measures we track related to our national reputation, and we are pleased to see that our excellence in the accounting, entrepreneurship and operations majors is recognized," Kesner added. "Ultimately, our primary interest is the quality of the educational experience our students receive, and this assessment measures our true success in providing outstanding and rigorous academics, leadership development and career advancement opportunities for our MBAs."

Schools of law

The IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington ranked 25th overall, moving up one position from last year. It was eighth among law schools in public institutions.

"The Maurer School of Law's ranking is a direct reflection of the commitment of its faculty, staff and alumni," said Hannah L. Buxbaum, interim dean and John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics. "It's a privilege to be recognized among the leading law schools in the country."

The IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis ranked 98th overall.

Schools of medicine

U.S. News calculates two separate rankings for medical schools, one for the education of physicians who work in primary patient care and the other for research. The IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis ranked 37th in the primary care category and 48th in the research category.

"The IU School of Medicine consistently ranks well based on research funding success, with the school ranked 40th out of 138 receiving National Institutes of Health funding," said Dr. D. Craig Brater, dean and Walter J. Daly Professor at the school and IU vice president for university clinical affairs.

"The Association of American Medical Colleges also consistently ranks our school's primary care program in the fifth percentile in terms of the number of our graduates choosing that specialty and the number electing to practice in rural communities," Brater added. "The IU School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Hoosiers through clinical care, research and education."

Library sciences

The School of Library and Information Sciences at IU Bloomington ranked eighth overall. Its programs were ranked seventh for digital librarianship, eighth for information systems and 13th for school library media.

The rankings were based on a survey of deans, programs directors and senior faculty members at accredited master's degree programs.

"The information professions are changing rapidly, which increases the complexity in any ranking based on perceptions," said Debora Shaw, dean of the school. "In this context, it is encouraging that our peers recognize the high quality of scholarship and education in information and library science at IU. Our program, reaccredited by the American Library Association in 2012, continues to offer students excellent preparation for this dynamic field. The upcoming merger with the School of Informatics and Computing will further strengthen the opportunities for our students."

Humanities and social sciences

The Department of Sociology at IU Bloomington ranked 12th overall and sixth among public universities for its doctoral programs. The IU Bloomington program in social psychology ranked second.

Other doctoral programs in the College of Arts and Sciences were also highly ranked. They included: English, 22nd overall and 10th among public institutions; history, 23rd overall and 10th among publics; political science, 25th overall and 12th among publics; psychology, 26th overall and 13th among publics; and economics, 42nd overall and 21st among publics.

Methodology

U.S. News rankings in education, business, law and medicine are based on formulas that consider reputation surveys, selectivity, research funding and productivity, outcomes for graduates and other factors. Specialties in the schools are evaluated through surveys of deans, program directors and faculty.

Ratings of doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences are based on peer assessments by academics in each discipline.

U.S. News provides updated graduate program rankings every year for schools of business, law, education, medicine and engineering. Other programs are typically ranked once every four years.

Last year, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs graduate programs were ranked No. 2 in the country. U.S. News credited SPEA with having the best graduate programs in environmental policy and management and in nonprofit management and top-five programs in public management and administration and in public finance and budgeting.

Source: Indiana University

News Release

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's programs in engineering, education and business continue to be ranked among the best in the country in U.S.News & World Report's graduate school rankings released Tuesday (March 12).

"These rankings, particularly the sustained upward movement by both the College of Engineering and the College of Education over the last several years, show that Purdue continues to excel in education at the graduate level," said Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. "We are pleased that the efforts of our faculty to enhance our graduate programs while expanding Purdue's research portfolio are being recognized externally."

Not all disciplines are ranked each year. Other Purdue programs were ranked in previous surveys, and their placements carry over to this year's report.

Programs ranked this year include:

Engineering: Purdue's College of Engineering was ranked No. 8 in the country. Last year, the college's graduate program was ranked 10th.

Eight of the schools in engineering are in the top 10 in the nation in specialty rankings, including a No. 1 ranking for agricultural and biological and engineering. Aeronautics and astronautics ranked sixth; civil engineering ranked sixth; mechanical engineering ranked eighth; nuclear engineering ranked eighth, tied with Pennsylvania State University; electrical engineering ranked 10th; and industrial engineering ranked 10th.

Education: Purdue's College of Education ranked 32nd, tied with the College of William and Mary, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Iowa and the University of Pittsburgh. Purdue's ranking is up from 37th last year.

Business: Krannert School of Management ranked 44th, tied with the University of Arizona and the University of Iowa. Among specialty rankings, Krannert's production/operations program ranked seventh and its supply chain/logistics program ranked ninth.

Additional programs ranked this year include:

Psychology: Purdue's Department of Psychological Sciences, part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, was ranked 46th, tied with Michigan State University, Stony Brook University-SUNY and the University of Massachussets-Amherst.

To see where Purdue programs not surveyed this year rank, visit http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2012/Q1/u.s.news-ranks-purdues-graduate-programs-among-nations-best.html, http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/rankings/2011/110315CordovaGradRankings.html or http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/rankings/2010/100415CordovaRankings.html

In the latest undergraduate rankings by U.S.News & World Report, released in August 2012, Purdue was ranked 23rd among the nation's public universities. The university was ranked 11th overall and eighth among public universities in "up-and-comers" for "the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life," as determined by a survey of college administrators. Purdue was again acknowledged in four of eight student success categories. The areas, in which schools are listed but not ranked, are First-Year Experience, Writing in the Disciplines, Learning Communities and Internships.

U.S.News & World Report's complete rankings in America's Best Graduate Schools will be available on newsstands April 9. U.S.News has published graduate school rankings annually since 1987.

Extended program rankings and additional information will be available Tuesday (March 12) at http://www.usnews.com

Source: Purdue University

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