Auburn graduate programs achieve high U.S. News rankings

AUBURN – Auburn University’s graduate programs in business, engineering, education and public administration achieved high rankings in the newly released U.S. News and World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

The College of Business ranked 32nd among public institutions and 63rd nationally, marking its top score in recent years.

“We are pleased to be included in this year’s ranking,” said Bill Hardgrave, College of Business dean and Wells Fargo Professor. “Our focus on recruiting outstanding students and providing an outstanding educational experience by great faculty is being recognized, as reflected in the rankings. When coupled with our most recent undergraduate ranking of 24th among public institutions by U.S. News and World Report, it is clear our College of Business continues to improve.”

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ranked 41st among public universities and 70th nationally. Its industrial systems engineering program is 17th among public universities and 24th nationally, while aerospace engineering is 25th among public universities and 34th nationally.

Chemical engineering ranked 30th among public universities and 49th nationally; mechanical engineering is 39th among public universities and 67th nationally; electrical engineering 30th among public universities and 53rd nationally; civil engineering 39th among public universities and 58th nationally; and computer science and software engineering 40th among public universities and 67th nationally.

“Although our goal is to enhance rankings every year, current cutbacks in funding have made it difficult to recruit and retain faculty,” said Larry Benefield, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “At the same time, we have seen a rise in the number of students. It is testament to our hard working faculty that we have been able to hold rankings consistent.”

The College of Education ranked 54th among public institutions and 71st nationally, placing among the top 25 percent of schools surveyed for the fifth consecutive year. The college’s rehabilitation counseling program retained the No. 17 national ranking in the health disciplines category.

“This particular ranking reflects what has taken place within our college in the previous year, but I am excited about where we are heading in the coming years,” said Betty Lou Whitford, College of Education dean. “New entities like the Center for Disability Research and Service and the Warrior Research Center emphasize our commitment to meaningful outreach and cutting-edge research. The Teacher-in-Residence program and AuburnVoices represent a few of the ways in which we have strengthened school and community partnerships. We will continue to aggressively pursue new sources of research funding while also recruiting the best and brightest scholars for our graduate programs.”

The College of Liberal Arts scored high as well with its master’s degree program in public administration, which ranked 41st among public schools and 57th nationally.

The frequency and methodologies of the U.S. News rankings vary by discipline. Factors used in the rankings include: assessment by peer deans, assessment by corporate recruiters, mean GRE quantitative scores, acceptance rate, student-faculty ratio, percentage of National Academy of Engineering faculty members, doctoral degrees awarded and total and average faculty research expenditures.

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