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Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2005

Broad range of IU graduate programs ranked by U.S. News

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EST FRIDAY (APRIL 1)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University graduate programs in education, psychology, sociology, history, business, law and medicine received high rankings in the 2006 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools."

"Overall, rankings by U.S. News and World Report are rather subjective, and the criteria change each year. Even so, we are pleased that IU consistently ranks in the top 20 in our major programs, with several in the top ten," said Kenneth Gros Louis, IU senior vice president for academic affairs and chancellor of the Bloomington campus. "While we saw some programs drop, we saw others make noteworthy gains."

The School of Education at Bloomington was ranked 15th, up three positions from last year. Four education graduate programs remained in the top 10 nationally -- counseling/personnel services, curriculum/instruction, elementary education and higher education administration. Higher education administration was the highest-ranked at sixth. Three other programs ranked in the top 20, including administration/supervision and secondary education, which were ranked 11th.

"Our faculty and I have been focused on implementing a strategic plan which among other things calls for enhancing graduate education and research. The U.S. News rankings are yet another indication that we're on the right track," said Gerardo M. Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education. "All of us in the School of Education are very proud to be recognized as one of the top graduate schools of education in the country."

Gonzalez said enhanced graduate education and research has been a strategic priority for the school. "We have invested in strengthening the infrastructure to support faculty in the pursuit of external contracts and grants for research," he said. "The result is that the number of proposals submitted by our faculty and the amount of research expenditures have more than doubled in the last five years.

"With regard to graduate education, in particular, we have allocated internal resources from endowments to support the recruitment of top graduate students," Gonzalez added. "Our doctoral students are involved in research very early in their careers here at the school. We now have five comprehensive research centers that support many of our graduate students."

Several IU Bloomington programs in the humanities and social sciences were highly ranked. IU Bloomington's sociology program was ranked 11th, while its specialty in social psychology was ranked second and its specialty in sex and gender sociology, ninth.

The history program was ranked 19th overall, with its African history program ninth and its Latin American history program 10th. The English program was ranked 23rd, and two of its specialties -- 18th-to-20th-century literature, and gender and literature -- were in the top 20. The political science program was tied for 25th and the economics program was ranked 34th.

The psychology program was tied for 22nd, and its experimental psychology specialty was tied for sixth. Two specialties were recognized in the top 20 -- social psychology, which was tied for 14th, and the Cognitive Science Program, which was 15th. The criminology program was listed as 20th.

The School of Law at IU Bloomington was tied for 36th, compared with 40th last year. The School of Law at IUPUI was tied for 95th, and the IUPUI health care law program was ranked ninth.

"I am delighted to see that the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington is ranked 14th among public law schools in the country. The ranking is a reflection of the quality of our faculty and students," said its dean, Lauren Robel.

The Kelley School of Business was tied for 27th with three other schools. It was ranked in the top 20 in every specialty area and improved in six of nine areas ranked by deans and MBA program directors. Its production and operations program was ranked highest at ninth.

"The Kelley School MBA Program remains a strong program despite a slight drop in our overall ranking this year," said its interim dean, Dan Smith. "We remain in the top 7 percent overall for the almost 400 accredited schools ranked. We were pleased to see that our individual departments consistently ranked in the top 20 and that six of them improved over last year's ranking. This speaks to the strength of the programs we deliver to students. However, we will continue to work to improve all that we do for our graduate students."

The School of Medicine in Indianapolis was listed as 37th for primary care, up from 45th last year; and 45th in research, down from 39th a year ago.

The full rankings by U.S. News & World Report will be released to the public on Monday (April 4) in the book "America's Best Graduate Schools," and many of the rankings will appear in the magazine's issue that will go on sale that day. The full rankings will be posted on the magazine's Web site at http://www.usnews.com.