High Marks for Grad Programs

US News & World Report

High Marks for Grad Programs

By Mark Sullivan and Reid Oslin
Staff Writers

Boston College graduate and professional schools are rated among the nation's best, according to rankings released March 31 by US News & World Report magazine in advance of its "Best Graduate Schools for 2001" guide.

The Carroll Graduate School of Management's MBA Program cracked the nation's top 40 for the first time in the magazine's graduate school ratings, while CGSOM's part-time evening degree program placed among the country's top 20. BC is the only institution in Boston, and one of only 12 in the country, to have a top-40 MBA program and a top-20 evening MBA program in this year's US News survey.

In other US News rankings, the Graduate School of Social Work, Law School and Lynch School of Education are listed among the nation's top 25 graduate programs in their disciplines, while the School of Nursing is placed 32nd.

"Obviously, we are very pleased with the directions that we have seen in the rankings," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser. "It's especially gratifying when you know that these are based to some extent on reputation, and it takes time to develop the type of reputation that we now merit."

Neuhauser cautioned that a single set of rankings should not be the sole indicator of the University's academic accomplishments. "It is important to remember that we are not driven solely by these ratings, but even more so by doing what we think is right," he said. "We have to be true to the mission of Boston College. [The ratings] are not an end in themselves."

The CGSOM MBA program rose 27 places to finish in a tie with the University of California at Irvine for 40th place in the US News rankings of 325 accredited MBA programs. The Evening MBA program tied with Santa Clara University's for 19th place among part-time programs.

CGSOM Dean Hassell McClellan said the US News rankings reflect the fast-growing stature of the graduate business program at BC, the dividend of a concerted campaign to position the MBA program among the nation's best.

"Three years ago, when I assumed the position of graduate dean, we initiated a strategic plan to elevate the MBA Program and the Graduate School of Management into the ranks of the truly elite business schools by 2002," McClellan said.

"We are actually a bit ahead of schedule, but this exciting achievement is just the first milestone in that journey.

"I am extremely proud of the exceptional creativity and energy of the entire staff and faculty in the School of Management which has made this milestone possible."

GSSW finished in a six-way tie for 19th among the 70 graduate social work programs in the US News survey. "We've found that rankings like these push us to think beyond McGuinn Hall and Boston College," said GSSW Dean June G. Hopps. "You can question whether the methodology is appropriate, but it is a systematic evaluation that helps us understand our strengths, and what we need to do better."

BC Law tied with George Washington University and the University of Illinois for 23rd place in the ranking of 174 law schools nationwide.

"While we should be careful not to attach too much significance to these rankings," said Law School Dean John Garvey, "we can take pleasure in seeing that the poll has moved in the direction of a more accurate measure of our true worth."

The Lynch School of Education tied with the University of Kansas and the University of Maryland at College Park for 2 3rd place in rankings of 187 graduate education programs. LSOE was the sole Catholic institution to finish in the top 25 in the category.

Rankings were determined by averaging such measures as reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, and post-graduate placement success. The full rankings for graduate schools are available online at http://www.usnews.com.


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