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April 1, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU special education at No. 1, education school gets top 20 status in new rankings

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas special education program kept its No. 1 ranking among public universities and the School of Education itself claimed new top 20 status in the 2006 edition of U.S. News' "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings released today.

The new rankings now give KU 26 graduate programs ranked in the top 25 in the nation, 13 of which are ranked in the top 10 among public universities. The city management and urban policy program and the special education program are ranked No. 1 among public universities.

New to the top 10 list this year is petroleum engineering at eighth.

The School of Education is tied for 20th among public universities, up from a tie for 25th a year ago. Interim Education Dean Fred Rodriguez credited excellent students, faculty and staff "who collectively make the school a good place to teach, conduct research/scholarship and provide service to the state, nationally and internationally."

" We will remain steadfast to continue to improve upon what we offer but certainly take great pride in our accomplishments that are being recognized from the national ranking," he said.

The School of Pharmacy, already ranked third in the nation earlier this year for its federal research grants, saw its Pharm.D. professional degree program gain a new ranking of 16th in the nation.

" This is great news for a program that has long had national and international recognition for its outstanding research programs," said Kenneth Audus, dean of pharmacy. "I believe it is particularly notable since the same faculty and staff who are responsible for the high research rankings are also receiving deserved peer recognition now for excellence in educating pharmacists in the Pharm.D. program. Of course, it helps to start with the bright students admitted to our program, a majority of whom are from Kansas."

Audus said his students' National Pharmacy Board pass rate is above the national average -- 100 percent twice in the past four years -- and that a fifth of the class goes on to highly competitive postgraduate residencies across the United States.

At the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., the rural medicine program is also new to the top 20 list, tied at 17th among public universities.
A new notable ranking for "most diverse" law schools placed the KU School of Law in the top 15 for Hispanic enrollment.

Overall, KU has 43 graduate programs nationally ranked by U.S. News, including 26 in the top 25 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
-- petroleum engineering is tied for eighth
-- physical therapy is tied for 10th
-- nursing-midwifery is tied for 12th
-- music is tied for 12th
-- nursing-anesthesia is tied for 14th
-- pharmacy ranks 16th
-- public finance and budgeting is tied for 17th
-- rural medicine is tied for 17th
-- health services administration is tied for 18th
-- clinical child psychology is tied for 19th
-- nursing is tied for 20th
-- education ranks 20th
-- clinical psychology is tied for 23rd
-- drama/theatre is tied for 23rd
-- history is tied for 24th

Other newly top ranked public university programs include aerospace engineering at 27th, political science at 30th, civil engineering at 36th, English at 35th and sociology at 38th. Also in the top 50 are psychology, tied at 46th, and electrical engineering, tied at 47th. One program showing dramatic improvement was psychology and research in education, which moved up to a tie for 79th, up from 103rd last year.
U.S. News has published the "Best Graduate Schools" report since 1990.


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