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'U.S. News' Gives High Marks to Nursing, Law, Business and Med Grad Programs

School of Nursing Dean Marion Broome
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March 15, 2011

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Business, law, medicine and nursing graduate programs on the IUPUI campus are again ranked among the top programs in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 Best Graduate Schools rankings released today (March 15, 2011).

The rankings are available today at Detailed information will be available in the 2012 Best Graduate Schools publications, which will be available this week at and the U.S. News store.

The IU Kelley School of Business Master of Business Administration part-time program on the IUPUI campus maintained its position among elite schools of business, as did the full-time program on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus. The M.B.A. program at IUPUI ranked 11th overall and fifth among public universities. The full-time program at IU Bloomington ranked 23rd overall and eighth among public universities.

Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School, said, "There are over 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. alone that offer business degrees. Clearly, our MBA programs rank among the nation's finest.

"The consistent performance of the program as judged by a combination of peers, student quality, and placement statistics is congruent with our strong internal metrics in these dimensions," Smith said. "Our innovative curriculum, excellent classroom experience, and outstanding research contributions from faculty all contribute toward the Kelley School being recognized as a provider of world class MBA programs across multiple formats."

Nearly 400 accredited programs responded to U.S. News' survey of graduate business programs, and 142 provided the data needed for the magazine to calculate its rankings.

The IU School of Law-Indianapolis moved up in the rankings, from 86th  to 79th overall among public institutions. The school’s legal writing program ranked eighth, marking the third consecutive year it has been in the top 10 in a national survey of faculty who teach legal writing.
Nearly 200 accredited U.S. law schools were included in the rankings.

"It is good news that our law school's ranking increased seven places this year to 79th, a remarkable accomplishment given that the school's expenditures per student are 141st out of all U.S. law schools," said Gary Roberts, dean and Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law. "It demonstrates that our students are receiving an excellent legal education for a very modest investment of tuition and taxpayer dollars."

The IU School of Medicine ranked 51st for research and 24th for primary care.

"The IU School of Medicine continues to be proactive in giving medical students every opportunity to have a hands-on family medicine experience," said D. Craig Brater, dean of the School of Medicine and IU vice president for university clinical affairs. "That, coupled with other academic opportunities for students in family medicine, fosters increased interest in one of the most important areas of medicine.

"Grant funding at the IU medical school continues to climb during a period of uncertainty in National Institutes of Health funding," Brater added. "We are ranked among the top 20 public medical schools in the nation for funding and continue to excel as an economic stimulant for the state of Indiana."

The IU School of Nursing at IUPUI ranked 15th overall and 10th among public nursing schools. The school's clinical nurse specialist program for the adult/medical-surgical specialty ranked third nationally. Nursing graduate programs were last previously ranked by U.S. News in 2007. There are more than 700 accredited nursing programs in the United States.

"We are very pleased with this ranking, which reflects national recognition of the excellence of our graduate programs," said Marion Broome, dean of the School of Nursing. "That excellence is built on strong research programs as well as innovative educational approaches that faculty employ to prepare the next generation of advanced practice nurses, nurse scientists and faculty.

"This is a very challenging time for the profession and discipline of nursing. Highly qualified students, strong clinical partnerships and exceptionally committed faculty all contribute to this ranking," said Broome, adding that the school was recently listed No. 9 among 80 nursing schools for National Institutes funding. "We are very proud of our programs and the opportunity the school has to contribute to preparing nurse leaders to lead initiatives to improve the health of Hoosiers, develop the science for practice and to prepare the next generation of nurse educators."

U.S. News and World Report ranks graduate programs on formulas that consider a variety of factors, including peer and employer assessments, job placement of graduates, research funding, admissions selectivity and faculty-student ratios. Nursing rankings rely on surveys of program directors and faculty.

While business, education, engineering, law and medicine are ranked every year, graduate programs in other disciplines typically go several years between rankings.

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