Law, Education, Nursing Schools Rise in U.S. News Ranks

Posted: April 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Darshana Patel, Elena Barbre, and Jeremy Lasich contributed to this report.

This year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings of the best graduate schools placed the George Mason School of Law in the second tier of accredited U.S. law schools, the George Mason Graduate School of Education as 50th in its list of the top 50 schools of education in the nation, and the George Mason College of Nursing and Health Science as 36th in its list of the top 175 nursing school master’s degree programs in the nation. Survey results appear in the April 10 issue of U.S. News and World Report, available this week on newsstands.

Each year, U.S. News re-evaluates graduate programs in five major disciplines: business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. Programs are ranked using objective measures, such as entering students’ test scores and faculty/student ratios, and reputation ratings drawn from inside and outside of academia.

In its ranking of 174 accredited law schools, U.S. News lists schools in four tiers. It ranks 50 schools within the first tier, and lists the schools in the three lower tiers alphabetically. “We are delighted to have the strength of our program recognized by U.S. News, and we are going to continue to work to do even better,” says Mark Grady, dean of the School of Law. “Many of our vital statistics, including the scholarly influence of our faculty and the caliber of our student body, are comparable to those of a number of first-tier law schools. We have one of the youngest and most dynamic law faculties in the country. We’re going to work every day to assure broader recognition of the quality of education we offer here.”

This year is the first time the Graduate School of Education has been ranked in U.S. News. “The faculty of the Graduate School of Education is pleased to be recognized by its peers in the reputational analyses conducted by U.S. News and World Report,” says Gary Galluzzo, dean of the school. “We have been spending the last few years concentrating on our core social obligations of preparing highly qualified professional educators to advance the field. It is clear that the public visibility of so many of our faculty members is enhancing the reputation of our school and the university. It was quite gratifying to see our name on the list of the top 50 education schools in the nation.”

The College of Nursing and Health Science moved up in the U.S. News ranks from 38th last year, and from 49th five years ago. “We are very happy that we are again in the top tier of the nation,” says Rita Carty, dean of the college. “It is due to a solid curriculum, innovative programs, outstanding faculty, and excellent students.” Carty’s goal is to move into the top 25 schools in the next two years.

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