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Release: March 30, 2001

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U.S. News gives UI Colleges of Medicine, Business, Law high marks

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Several University of Iowa colleges and programs moved up in the rankings in U.S. News & World Report's "2002 Guide to America's Best Graduate Schools," including a dramatic reentry into the top-school category by the Tippie College of Business, another impressive showing by the College of Medicine, and continued upward movement by the College of Law.

According to the rankings, released today by U.S. News & World Report, the College of Business ranks No. 35 in the nation, tying with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Georgia Institute of Technology, Penn State University-University Park, Rice University and Southern Methodist University. The magazine hadn't ranked the college among the top 50 business schools since 1996, when it was also ranked No. 35.

The College of Medicine was ranked No. 29, up three spots from last year, when it was ranked No. 32. And the College of Law moved up one spot, from No. 21 last year to No. 20 this year, tying with Washington and Lee University.

Specialty programs within the College of Medicine and the College of Liberal Arts' department of sociology also made strides in the rankings. The Rural Medicine program ranked No. 3, up one spot from last year, when the program was ranked No. 4 in a tie with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The Family Medicine program was ranked No. 4, tying with Oregon Health Sciences University and rising five spots from last year, when UI Family Medicine was ranked No. 9, tying with Michigan State University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of New Mexico.

The Social Psychology Ph.D. specialty program within the department of sociology also ranked No. 4, up one spot from last year, when the specialty was ranked No. 5 in a tie with the University of Wisconsin.

In a new ranking by the magazine, the UI's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program within the department of psychology was ranked No. 12, tying with Duke University. And the College of Education stands alone this year in the No. 30 spot, unlike last year when it shared the No. 30 ranking with George Washington University. In a change from last year, rankings of schools of education this year focused on their research missions, according to U.S. News & World Report editors.

"The rankings confirm what many people have known for a long time, which is that the University of Iowa has excellent programs across the board," UI President Mary Sue Coleman said. "Our colleges of medicine, law, liberal arts and business are among the best in the country, as are many of the University of Iowa colleges and programs not ranked this year."

Coleman added, "The investments that Iowa makes in higher education are paying handsome dividends in providing world class opportunities for Iowans in virtually all fields of study. Sustained investment over time is what has made these excellent rankings possible."

The "2002 America's Best Graduate Schools" will be on newsstands April 2. The April 9 issue of U.S. News & World Report will go on sale the same day, featuring select rankings and other excerpts from the guide. All of the rankings and articles from "Best Graduate Schools" also are available at U.S. News Online at U.S. News first ranked graduate schools in 1987 and has done so annually since 1990.

In other new rankings, the UI College of Medicine's Primary Care program was ranked No. 8 in a tie with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The new ranking is down two spots from last year, when the College's Primary Care program was ranked No. 6 in a tie with the University of Massachusetts-Worcester.

This year for the first time the rankings for the field of psychology included educational psychology departments. As a result, two separate Ph.D. psychology programs were ranked. The program within the College of Liberal Arts was ranked No. 45, while the program within the UI College of Education's Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations was ranked No. 61.

The College of Liberal Arts program was tied for the No. 45 spot 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. When psychology programs were last ranked in 1998 without combining educational psychology and psychology programs, the Liberal Arts program was ranked No. 30, tying with New York University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California-Irvine.

The College of Education's program was tied for the No. 61 spot 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.

Deans from some of the colleges that did particularly well in the rankings this year said the high marks are recognition of the quality -- and depth -- of research, teaching and service taking place within the University of Iowa.

"The College of Medicine's high rankings in both research and education, along with similar high rankings regularly achieved by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, reflect the balanced excellence for which we strive at the University of Iowa," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the college.

Gary Fethke, dean of the Tippie College of Business, said: "Rankings of MBA programs are useful when they reflect attributes that are considered important by students, faculty and employers. From a student's perspective, return on investment is very important, and that is a measure in which our program excels. Since the U.S. News survey does not include a measure of this component, we are especially pleased that our program did well."

College of Law Dean N. William Hines said: "This year's ranking at No. 20 marks the fourth successive year that Iowa has moved up in the U.S. News ranking of the nation's 182 ABA-accredited law schools. The entire University of Iowa College of Law community is delighted and proud to regain the Top 20 position we enjoyed briefly during the mid 1990's. When you combine the latest Top 20 U.S. News ranking with the recent The National Jurist survey ranking the Iowa Law Library as second best in the country, 2001 has become a banner year for Iowa in attracting national recognition for the quality of its legal education program."

Top rankings garnered by the UI last year for other programs will be carried over into the 2002 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. They are:

Audiology (master's/Ph.D.). Ranked No. 1 last year among all such programs in the nation accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. At the UI, the audiology program resides in the College of Liberal Arts.

Speech-Language Pathology (master's). Ranked No. 1 last year among all such programs in the nation accredited by the ASHA. At the UI, the speech pathology program resides in the College of Liberal Arts.

Nursing Service Administration. Ranked No. 1 last year among all such programs in the nation accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Physician Assistant (master's). Ranked No. 2 last year among programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, tying with George Washington University (D.C.).

Rehabilitation Counseling (master's/Ph.D.). Ranked No. 3 last year among programs accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, tying with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. At the UI, the Rehabilitation Counseling program resides in the College of Education.

Physical Therapy (master's/Ph.D.). Ranked No. 3 last year among programs accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, tying with Duke University, Emory University, the University of Miami (Florida), the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Pittsburgh.

Nurse Practitioner: Gerontological/Geriatrics. Ranked No. 4 last year.

Nursing (master's). Ranked No. 12 last year, tying with Indiana University-Indianapolis, Rush University in Illinois, UNC-Chapel Hill (School of Public Health), the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Pittsburgh (Main Campus) and Yale University.