Graduate program in public relations at UM gets top rating Hopkins medical school ranked 2nd by magazine

March 08, 1996|By David Folkenflik | David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF

The University of Maryland College Park has pulled off a public relations coup: Its graduate program in public relations has been ranked the nation's best in the newest ratings by U.S. News & World Report magazine, which were released yesterday.

The rankings, the magazine's first of journalism and mass communication programs, were determined on the basis of a survey gauging each school's reputation among deans and scholars. But it is a first-place finish nonetheless, and one the campus is, not surprisingly, happy to promote.

"I am genuinely excited about that," said Roland King, chief spokesman for the College Park campus. "We've known it was a strongly ranked program, but it's wonderful to get a validation of what we've felt."

The university's graduate print journalism program was deemed 11th-best in the nation.

Also at College Park this year, the doctoral program in computer science was rated 12th, mathematics was 19th, physics was 14th, the engineering college 27th, the business school 24th and the education school 26th. The counseling program in the graduate education division was ranked third.

The magazine ranked 13 types of professional schools and science-related doctoral programs. In all but the journalism school rankings, the magazine included statistical measures with reputation surveys to evaluate the programs.

The U.S. News guide to undergraduate colleges is its best-selling issue each year, reaching millions of Americans, and the graduate ratings are popular. Although many college officials view the surveys with skepticism, campuses often are enthusiastic when they fare well in the rankings.

The Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine retained its now-familiar lofty perch among research oriented medical schools, ranking second behind Harvard University for the fourth straight year.

(In this year's editions, which will be available on newsstands Monday, the magazine did not compile new rankings for graduate programs in the humanities or schools of nursing or public health. Hopkins was ranked first in public health last year.)

Hopkins medicine ranked first in the specialties of geriatrics and drug and alcohol abuse, and second in AIDS research, internal medicine, pediatrics and women's health.

Among doctoral programs, Hopkins rated sixth in biological sciences, 20th in chemistry, ninth in geology and 23rd in physics. It ranked first in the specialties of pharmacology, toxicology and oncology, second in neurosciences and fifth in cell and developmental biology.

The graduate program run by Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering broke into the top 25 for the first time, rising from 27th last year to 23rd this year. The school was rated first in the nation in the specialty of biomedical engineering, an initiative of the Hopkins engineering and medical faculties.

"It shows that engineering at Hopkins is being pretty successful," said Don P. Giddens, dean of engineering at Hopkins. "We've defined some areas we wanted to target, and we've made some strong faculty hires who are doing good research.

Another campus, the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, did not place in the top 25 overall but ranked third in health-related instruction and sixth in the specialty of clinical training.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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