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March 31, 2006
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Education school jumps 10 spots in 2 years in U.S. News rankings to 15th in the nation

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LAWRENCE — The education and law schools at the University of Kansas leaped in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” rankings released today, the law school by 16 spots and the School of Education by five places to 15th in the nation among public universities.

KU’s special education program also kept its No. 1 ranking among public universities, and KU retained its No. 3 ranking for paleontology.

KU has 42 nationally ranked programs, 24 in the top 25 in the nation and 11 in the top 10 among public universities. The city management and urban policy program also is ranked No. 1 among public universities.

The School of Education is now tied for 15th among public universities, up from 20th a year ago and 25th in 2004. A new top 20 ranking went to the school’s secondary education doctoral program, which is tied for 17th among public universities. Also new to the list are geology at 36th and primary care medicine at 38th.

Dean Rick Ginsberg credited high-quality students, faculty, researchers and staff for the School of Education's 10-point jump in two years.

“I have been very impressed with the high quality of our faculty, researchers and students and the incredible breadth of the work being done. Our alumni indicate that their KU experience has served them very well in their professional careers,” said Ginsberg, who became dean last summer. “The research being done across the departments and centers in the school is state-of-the art, and in many instances their work is leading specific fields in new and exciting directions. The new rankings are a great external validation of the strength of the graduate programs here.”

The law school leaped into a tie for 35th in the nation among public law schools, recovering from a blip in the data that caused its rankings to fall last year from 33rd to 51st. Interim law dean Michael Davis noted that this year the school received a particularly high assessment score from lawyers and judges.

“The legal profession itself considers KU well within the top-tier of American law schools,” Davis said.

A new law dean, Gail Agrawal, whose extensive legal experience includes clerking for former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, will begin work this summer at KU.

KU’s programs ranked in the top 25 among public universities:

1. City Management & Urban Policy (Master)
1. Special Education (Master/Doctorate)
2. Community Health (Master/Doctorate) tied
3. Paleontology (Doctorate)
4. Public Management Administration (Master)
4. Occupational Therapy (Master/Doctorate), tied
5. Audiology (Master/Doctorate)
5. Public Affairs (Master), tied
6. Speech-Language-Pathology (Master)
8. Social Work (Master) tied
10. Physical Therapy (Master/Doctorate) tied
12. Nursing-Midwifery (Master/Doctorate)
12. Music (Master) tied
14. Nursing-Anesthesia (Master) tied
15. School of Education (Doctorate) tied
16. Pharmacy (PharmD) tied
17. Public Finance & Budgeting (Master)
17. Secondary Education (Doctoral) tied
18. Health Services Administration (Master) tied
19. Clinical Child Psychology (Doctorate) tied
20. Nursing (Master) tied
23. Clinical Psychology (Doctorate) tied
23. Drama/Theatre (Master) tied
24. History (Doctorate) tied

At 26th are two programs: Fine Arts master’s program and the master’s/doctoral program in aerospace engineering.

U.S. News has published the “Best Graduate Schools” report since 1990.

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