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BC Graduate School of Social Work Ranked Among
Nation's Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (March 2012) – The Graduate School of Social Work is Boston College's first graduate school to earn a top 10 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey.

Alberto Godenzi
Graduate School of Social Work
Dean Alberto Godenzi

The school climbed to 10th on the 2013 list of the country’s best graduate schools of social work—released March 13 by U.S. News—fulfilling an objective of school leadership, faculty and staff, according to GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi.

“In 2004, GSSW faculty and staff set an ambitious goal: to become a top 10 social work program,” said Godenzi, who has served as dean since 2001. “Eight years later, colleagues from our sister schools have recognized GSSW’s remarkable trajectory and ranked us No. 10.”

BC graduate schools in education, business and law remained ranked in the upper echelon of American graduate programs.

The Lynch School of Education retained its ranking among the top 20 schools of education, ranking 18 and maintaining its place as the top-rated Catholic school of education. The Carroll School of Management graduate program ranked 37 overall, with its part-time MBA program ranked 28 nationally. Boston College Law School maintained its place within the top 30 law schools, ranking 29 nationally.

Graduate schools of nursing were not reviewed  this year; the Connell School graduate program retains last year's placement at 21.

The Graduate School of Social Work, which is ranked with other social work programs every four years, was rated 14th nationally in 2009. The current ranking, which coincides with the academic year marking the school’s 75-year anniversary, "reflects the amazing accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, and our strong relationships with local and global partners,” said Godenzi.

GSSW marked the start of its dodrancentennial anniversary last September with a keynote address by Victoria Reggie Kennedy and since has launched new initiatives designed to broaden the practice of social work and the skill sets of future graduates and respond to the need for new and innovative solutions to society’s most intractable problems.

Godenzi said the U.S. News ranking would bolster the school’s efforts to seek out solutions that improve the lives of people in Boston and in communities around the world.

“We see this recognition as a call to deepen our understanding of social problems, to advance our imagination in pursuit of innovative solutions, and to increase our efforts to empower people and communities at the margins,” said Godenzi. “We thank Boston College for investing in social work education.”

-- Ed Hayward is associate director of the Office of News & Public Affairs. He can be reached at