Five U.Va. grad schools among nation’s best
Five of the University of Virginia’s graduate schools are again ranked among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2007 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.
The School of Law retained the eighth place ranking it earned a year ago.
The Darden School is tied for 13th, up from 14th last year. “U.S. News is the fourth major publication to rank graduate business schools this academic year,” said Dean Robert F. Bruner. “Darden’s ranking improved in each of the four polls. I think the higher rankings are a reflection of Darden’s commitment to offering the best graduate business school experience possible.”
The School of Medicine was ranked 25th in research, up one spot from last year. “We are very pleased with the latest rankings and believe as we continue to refine our curriculum, to provide outstanding patient care, and develop new leading-edge medical research, our national profile will continue to be enhanced,” said Dr. Arthur Garson Jr., vice president and dean of the School of Medicine. “Our work in educating new physicians is especially drawing attention in the rankings as residency directors continue to increase the score they give U.Va. This means our graduating medical students are making favorable impressions with their ability to care for patients as they continue their medical education.”
The Curry School of Education is 19th, up from 22nd last year. “The Curry School continues to do well in the rankings, despite a methodology that only partially fits our activities,” said Curry Dean David Breneman. “Many of the top-rated private universities and some of the top-rated public universities concentrate their resources primarily on graduate education and research, whereas Curry not only does that, but also invests substantially in clinical faculty who are connected to our teacher education program and who do little sponsored research. Because the U.S. News rankings are weighted in favor of research, one way for us to advance even further in the graduate rankings would be to reduce teacher preparation, which we’re not going to do. Teacher education is one of the primary justifications for society’s support of public schools of education.”
The School of Engineering and Applied Science came in at 38th after a significant rise last year.
In addition to the overall rankings, U.S. News ranks individual departments and areas. In law, U.Va. ranks ninth for international law.
In the Darden School, management is No. 7 and nonprofit is tied for No. 6. In the Curry School, special education is No. 4, secondary education is No. 7, elementary education is tied for No. 8 and curriculum/instruction is No. 10.
Ph.D. programs in the sciences were ranked in this year’s edition. The programs were last ranked in 2002. In the latest rankings, computer science was tied for No. 29, physics was tied for No. 35, mathematics was tied for No. 38, biology was tied for No. 40 and chemistry was tied for No. 42.
“Outstanding doctoral programs and graduate students are vital to Arts & Sciences,” said Edward Ayers, dean of Arts & Sciences. “It is nice that the rankings recognize their excellence.”
U.S. News ranks a longer list of sub-categories, and the University will update its Web site if necessary at http://www.virginia.edu /Facts/Glance_Rankings.htm.