Law, Education Schools
UNC'S law school took a significant fall in the latest Us.
rankings of U.S. graduate and professional schools - to 31st on the list.
The school was ranked 23rd in 2001 and had not r~~~~~~:~
been below 25th in the past four years. None of its
specialty areas was ranked, and the school did not
appear on a list of74 schools with the most racially
diverse student bodies.
UNC's School of Education also slipped, to 24th
from its 17th-place ranking two years ago. The school
ranks 18th in elementary education.
Carolina's medical and business schools each moved
up one place from their previous rankings.
ANew Top 20
The business school's MBA program now ranks 17th. Specialty
programs in executive MBA and accounting both rank 10th.
The medical school ranks 22nd in research and sL'\.'th in pri-
mary care. Al TlOng specialty programs, the school ranks third in
ruralm.edicine, fourth in family medicine, 11th in women's health,
16th in AIDS, 18th in internal medicine and 19th in pediatrics.
Chancellor James Moeser has emphasized that the University's
quest for excellence will not be determined by magazine rankings.
But in his reaction to the graduate and professional school rank-
ings he pointed out that the measure, in part, reflects the views of
senior academic officials.
"At Carolina, we are proud to be widely recognized nationally
for excellence in a broad and impressive array of graduate and
professional education degree programs," Moeser said. "The new
assessments by Us.
of select professional
and science programs are just one more indication of the national
strength of these Carolina programs.
For those who find
ranking a litHe
too bookish, the maga-
zine now ranks the
sports programs as
well. Using information
gathered through June
March published its
first Sports Rankings.
"While rankings are not our priority and certainly have their
well-documented limitations, these most recent lists ofsome grad-
uate and professional programs do reflect the views of deans, sen-
ior faculty, program directors and practicing professionals. Car-
olina's excellence will continue to be defined by how well we
educate students, conduct successful scientific discovery and serve
the needs of the people of North Carolina and beyond. This is a
university that makes a powerful difference in the lives of people."
Unlike the major professional schools, not all graduate pro-
grams are ranked each year by the magazine. Among those that
were ranked this year, Carolina's doctoral programs and some spe-
cialty programs ranked as follows: chemistry 14th (analytical
chemistry first, inorganic eighth, organic 18th); computer science
17th (systems 13th); biological sciences 27th; math 32nd; physics
38th; and applied math 39th.
Based primarily on
statistics on gender
equity, wins and losses,
number of sports
offered and graduation
rate (and including a
"hall of shame" for
those with major NCAA
infractions), the maga-
zine compiled a20-
school honor roll.
Carolina isn't on it ACC
rivals Duke and
Maryland are fifth and
The rankings are based on a mix of expert opinions - the
magazine surveyed 9,000 academic and other professionals -
and statistical indicators of the strength of research, faculty and
UNC was ninth in win-
ning percentage in all
sports and tied for 17th
in number of sports
offered ( 17).
The issue containing the rankings went on sale April 8, as did
the magazine's "Best Graduate Schools" guidebook.
Carolina was not in
the top 20 in percent-
age of women in the
school's athlete popula-
tion, nor in the top- 20
graduation rate for the
1999 entering class.
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