April 1, 2004

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U.S. News ranks 25 KU graduate programs among nation's best

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LAWRENCE -- Twenty-five graduate programs at the University of Kansas rank in the top 25 among the nation's public universities, according to the 2005 edition of U.S. News' "America's Best Graduate Schools."

Of those 25 programs, 12 are ranked in the top 10. The city management and urban policy program and the special education program are ranked No. 1 among public universities.

"The University of Kansas continues to be one of the best universities in the nation," said KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "The dedication of our faculty and students to teaching, learning and research is outstanding."

U.S. News ranks 12 KU graduate programs in the top 10 of national public universities:

-- city management and urban policy ranks first
-- special education ranks first
-- community health is tied for second
-- paleontology ranks third
-- public management ranks fourth
-- occupational therapy is tied for fourth
-- public affairs is tied for fifth
-- audiology ranks fifth
-- speech-language-pathology ranks sixth
-- sedimentology/stratigraphy ranks seventh
-- social work is tied for eighth
-- physical therapy is tied for 10th

In addition, the magazine ranks 13 other KU graduate programs among the top 25 of national public universities:

-- nursing-midwifery is tied for 12th
-- music is tied for 12th
-- nursing-anesthesia is tied for 14th
-- public finance and budgeting is tied for 17th
-- health services administration is tied for 18th
-- clinical child psychology is tied for 19th
-- nursing is tied for 20th
-- rural medicine is tied for 22nd
-- clinical psychology is tied for 23rd
-- drama/theatre is tied for 23rd
-- history is tied for 23rd
-- aerospace engineering is tied for 24th
-- School of Education is tied for 25th

Programs that moved up in rank from last year include audiology (from sixth to fifth among public universities), public affairs (from seventh to fifth), social work (from 11th to eighth) and physical therapy (from 12th to 10th).

KU's Department of Public Administration can claim three top 10 rankings and a fourth top 20 ranking: first in the city management/urban policy specialization, 10th in the overall "public affairs" field, seventh in public management and 17th for public finance and budgeting.

The School of Engineering has three graduate programs in the top 30 among public universities and four programs in the top 50. The programs are aerospace engineering (tied for 24th), environmental health engineering (tied for 27th), civil engineering (tied for 28th) and mechanical engineering (tied for 47th).

"We are pleased the U.S. News rankings confirm that KU's engineering programs are among the best in the nation," said Stuart Bell, dean of the School of Engineering. "Our faculty and students are committed to excellence, and it's nice to see their hard work pay off with this kind of public recognition."

The School of Education's teacher preparation program continues to be ranked in the top 50 graduate programs among public universities. The School of Law was ranked 33rd out of public universities.

U.S. News has published the "Best Graduate Schools" report since 1990. The 2005 rankings will be published on the U.S. News Web site on April 2. The hard-copy edition of U.S.News & World Report will go on sale April 5.

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