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April 15, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 15

Three BC Graduate Programs Rank in US News Top 25

Lynch School rises from 23rd to 16th; Connell School ties for 19th

Boston College's Lynch Graduate School of Education has moved into the No. 16 slot in the US News & World Report's 2005 graduate school rankings. The Lynch School was rated No. 23 in last year's US News survey.

Lynch School Interim Dean Rev. Joseph M. O'Keefe, SJ, was delighted with the appraisal. "Our high ranking among the nation's research schools of education is a tribute to the excellence and hard work of both our faculty and students.

"More important than internal rankings, however, is the continuing fulfillment of our mission to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families," Fr. O'Keefe said.

"Even in this time of transition in leadership at the school, we remain strong among our peers and vital to the life of Boston College."

As interim dean, Fr. O'Keefe replaced Mary Brabeck, who last spring left the University after seven years as LSOE's top administrator to become dean of the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.

US News also cited several other Boston College graduate programs as among the best in their fields. The Connell School of Nursing is one of seven schools tied for 19th place among all of the nation's grad nursing programs. Nursing schools are evaluated every three years by US News.

The Graduate School of Social Work is rated 24th best in the nation, according to the magazine ranking, and the Law School is ranked 29th.

GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi noted that rather than use criteria such as student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity, US News compiled their social work rankings by asking the dean, program director, and faculty member with longest tenure per school their opinions on reputation. In 2003, 54 percent of the schools surveyed responded, according to Robert Morse, director of research for US News.

"Prospective students trying to make an informed decision about the academic quality of social work programs deserve a methodology based on measurable, objective data," said Godenzi.

The Carroll Graduate School of Management occupies the No. 42 spot among all graduate business schools in the latest US News report, and the Carroll School's part-time MBA program is ranked No. 22 among schools offering similar master's degree studies. -Reid Oslin

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