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U.S. News and World Report ranked the Johns Hopkins University's School of Education No. 1 in the nation for graduate education programs, above two state programs better known as teaching schools: University of Maryland, College Park at No. 26 and Towson University at No. 116.
The annual rankings of graduate schools in various disciplines is being released, and it gives the education program at Hopkins the top billing for the first time, up from second place last year. The graduate program was started in 2007 and serves 1,600 full- and part-time students in the doctoral and master's degree programs.
"I am thrilled that our new ranking reflects the quality of our efforts in teaching, research, and the development of evidence-based models of instruction," David W. Andrews, dean of the School of Education, said in a news release. "We will continue our commitment to be part of the innovative solutions to the educational challenges in this country and take a leadership role in the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge affecting education."
Hopkins stayed in third place for research-oriented medical schools, while the University of Maryland was 34th. Hopkins' medical school was ranked No. 1 in internal medicine. In the category of medical schools focused on primary care, Hopkins was ranked 26th and Maryland 40th.
College Park's School of Engineering was ranked 22nd, just ahead of Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University and Hopkins, which was 27th. Hopkins was first in biomedical engineering.
Maryland's law school ranked 46th in the country, and its specialty of health law was ranked first. The University of Baltimore law school was ranked 135th.
Of business schools, College Park was ranked 41st.
The magazine's rankings are based on a variety of factors that include expert opinions about the program's excellence and statistics that measure the faculty, research and students.
The magazine surveys administrators of more than 1,250 programs.