BC tied with Case Western Reserve and Lehigh universities at 38th among doctorate-granting national institutions in the annual rankings published this month by US News. Princeton University repeated its first-place finish of a year ago, with Harvard and Yale universities tied for second. Among other Catholic universities in the top 40, the University of Notre Dame (19th) and Georgetown University (tied for 23rd) held the same ranks as last year.
"The significance and value of these rankings has been much debated in recent months, and this discussion will likely continue," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser. "If nothing else, they can help in identifying areas of strength that we should maintain and promote, as well as areas where more attention is needed. This year's survey suggests BC has much to take pride in, but also shows us where we want to consider improvements."
CSOM advanced four places to 30th - tying with Babson College, Southern Methodist University, the University of Georgia and Wake Forest University - in the magazine's rankings of undergraduate business programs, while finishing 20th along with Wake Forest in the finance specialty. It was first time a department at the school had placed in the specialty rankings.
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania was first among undergraduate business programs, with MIT's Sloan School and the University of Michigan tied for second.
CSOM has climbed in the US News rankings in recent years. In 2000, the MBA program cracked the top 40, while its evening counterpart was listed in the top 20.
"We are pleased to have advanced four places in the rankings, as it suggests that the nation's academic community is becoming more aware of the strength and growing popularity of our business programs," said CSOM Dean Helen Frame Peters.
"We expect to continue to advance in finance and our other disciplines as the academic community becomes increasingly aware of the strength of our programs and the talented new faculty added in recent years."
Boston College made improvements in several areas measured by US News. The most dramatic was in per capita measure of financial resources, a category in which BC improved 12 places, to 87th. BC also moved upward in rankings of undergraduate selectivity (to 30th from 33rd) and undergraduate retention (to 21st from 22nd).
Enrollment Management Dean Robert Lay said: "Given only minor changes in the US News formula this year, and with the more apparent stability that characterizes the relative positions among peer national universities, we feel some relief this September from the diversion traditionally caused by spurious movements up and down in ranks.
"Everyone should realize that most of the prior changes from year to year have been an artifact of changes in the US News ranking methodologies. This year we are able to focus on internal elements of positive change and dedicate ourselves to planning and implementation of improvements that affect academic quality and student formation."
The US News rankings are available online at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex.htm
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