Engineering, pharmacy schools at UM rise on U.S. News list Hopkins medical school ranks 2nd after Harvard

February 28, 1997|By David Folkenflik | David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF

Maryland universities placed prominently in this spring's batch of graduate and professional school rankings of U.S. News and World Report, a reputation-based survey that sends campus administrators scrambling each year to tout their successes and downplay their drops.

In Maryland, the jump by the University of Maryland College Park's Clark School of Engineering was perhaps most marked in the new survey, published in Monday's edition of the magazine. It rose 10 places to 18th, ahead of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Harvard University. The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering also rose, from 23rd to 17th.

"As we're putting better programs in place and enhancing the curriculum, I think you're seeing that filter through to academics at other campuses and professionals in the field," said Roland King, spokesman for UM at College Park.

Pharmacy schools, like several other less-visible graduate programs, have been rated only once before, in 1993. In a reputation-based survey of deans and department chairmen, the University of Maryland at Baltimore's school placed seventh out of 66 doctorate-granting institutions -- up from 17th four years ago.

"I think that the school's been doing the right things across the board," said David Knapp, dean of the UM pharmacy school. "Although it is a reputational survey, it is based on good solid evidence."

Since 1993, the school has shifted the focus of its curriculum to a more patient-centered program, boosted its research and received 50 percent more applications a year, Knapp said.

UM's graduate programs in business and education broke the top 25 in rankings that blended subjective assessments with some objective criteria.

As it has for a decade, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine placed second to Harvard medical school among research-oriented medical schools.

The Hopkins School of Public Health secured a top ranking for its master's program in public health.

In addition, the magazine also ranked programs in architecture, the arts, medicine and law. Hopkins' writing seminar placed second among similar graduate programs, and the Peabody Institute, part of Hopkins, placed 15th. Maryland Institute, College of Art placed 10th in fine arts.

Pub Date: 2/28/97

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