UH graduate and professional programs ranked in US News "America's Best Graduate Schools 2005"

Education, business, law and social work programs are cited among the top 100 in the country

University of Hawaiʻi
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
UH Manoa chancellor's Office
Posted: Apr 1, 2004

The UH Manoa College of Education is listed for the first time among the nation‘s top teacher preparation schools according to U.S. News & World Report rankings released today. The UH program ranks 73rd nationally, tied with schools at Baylor University, Catholic University, Clemson and Oklahoma State University.

UH is one of about a hundred education schools (out of the nearly 160 survey respondents) that are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The magazine listed accreditation and availability of intern opportunities in professional development schools as key positive factors when considering an education school.

The publication‘s annual report on graduate schools also lists programs in the College of Business Administration, the William S. Richardson School of Law and the School of Social Work as among the nation‘s best.

Graduate programs in international business at the UH Manoa College of Business Administration are tied for 20th in specialty rankings — at the same level as comparable programs at George Washington University and the University of Washington.

The William S. Richardson School of Law was in the top half of all law schools again this year and moved up from 86th to a tie for 82nd. The Law School also was singled out as among the top dozen schools for diversity. Factors in the Law School‘s rise included an increase in the competitiveness of admission to the school; higher entering grade point averages and LSAT scores; and an increase in the bar passage rate.

The magazine also ranks the UH Manoa Master‘s in Social Work at # 66
Manoa Chancellor Peter Englert noted, "Naturally we are pleased that these excellent programs are receiving this national attention. It is also worth remembering that we are nationally and internationally ranked in many other disciplines as well.

"UH Manoa provides almost all of the graduate and advanced degree professional education for the University of Hawaiʻi system and for the State of Hawaiʻi," Englert added. "We willingly accept the challenges and the opportunities that this role brings with it."

"We know we provide quality post-secondary educational excellence for growing numbers of students at all levels," said UH President Evan Dobelle. "U.S. News recognition of these programs is always a welcome reminder of that, especially since the opinions of our peer institutions weigh heavily in these assessments."

The U.S. News rankings are based on both opinion and statistical information. More than 9,000 deans, program directors and senior faculty at hundreds of colleges and universities were surveyed in the fall of 2003 for their opinions of overall academic program quality. In addition, statistical data are compiled about measures of quality that students and faculty bring to the educational experience, and about the achievements of graduates that can be linked to their degrees.

Complete rankings may be accessed on the Web at www.usnews.com.