March 30, 2006 Note to editors: This release is embargoed until 12:01 a.m. EST on Friday, March 31, 2006. Writer/contact: Wendy Jones, 706/542-6927, firstname.lastname@example.org UGA programs remain strong in U.S. News \u26 World Report’s Best Graduate Schools for 2007 Athens, Ga. – Several of the University of Georgia’s graduate programs are once again ranked in the top 50 according to the latest issue of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” published by U.S. News \u26 World Report. UGA’s College of Education is ranked in a tie at 21st, the School of Law is tied at 34th and the Terry College of Business is tied at 46th. \u22It is always pleasing when the academic programs at the University of Georgia are recognized for their excellence,\u22 said UGA President Michael F. Adams. \u22Graduate education is an increasingly critical part of UGA\u27s mission and the economy of the state of Georgia. Graduate students play an important role in the UGA research program which generates hundreds of millions of dollars for Georgia, and holders of graduate and professional degrees are well positioned to succeed in the knowledge economy.\u22 Maureen Grasso, dean of UGA’s Graduate School, agreed. “These rankings reflect the high quality of work we’re engaged in and our commitment to superior graduate education. We are delighted with this acknowledgement as we continue to promote innovative research and prepare future leaders,” Grasso said. The School of Law moved up two places in the rankings to number 34. School of Law Dean Rebecca H. White said that while she takes all rankings with a grain of salt, she was pleased with the move. \u22We don\u27t need U.S. News and World Report to tell us that the University of Georgia has one of the country\u27s best law schools. However, it is nice to be publicly recognized by an independent source as such.\u22 In terms of public law schools, the School of Law is ranked among the top 13 schools in the nation and is one of the top four in the Southeast. On the overall rankings, UGA shares its slot with the law schools at Brigham Young University and the University of California-Davis. UGA’s College of Education rose from 27th last year to 21st this year. The university’s graduate programs in education are ranked among the top 14 public universities in the nation and second only to the University of Virginia in the South. \u22Our rise among the top 20 public research schools of education in the nation is a tribute to the excellence and hard work of both our faculty and students,\u22 said Dean Louis Castenell. \u22It is gratifying that in an increasingly competitive field, we are improving in almost every program. More important than rankings, however, is the continuing fulfillment of our mission to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families.\u22 In specialty programs, six UGA graduate education programs are again ranked in the top 10: elementary education ranked third; vocational/technical education ranked fourth; secondary education ranked fifth; the counseling / personnel services program tied for fifth; higher education administration tied for seventh; and the college’s curriculum/instruction program ranked ninth. The Terry College of Business maintained its top 50 position in the U.S. News ranking of graduate business programs. Ranked 46th, Terry’s average starting salary and bonus for 2005 MBA graduates improved by more than $7,000 -- to $75,349 -- over the previous year. “We’re always pleased to be counted among the nation’s most highly regarded MBA programs,” said Dean P. George Benson of the Terry College. “Because we’re a very selective program, we’ve recently been able to put in place an extensive personalized leadership development program that includes one-on-one professional coaches for all our students. Larger MBA programs can’t even attempt such offerings. The Terry MBA now delivers both the business expertise that’s expected, and the leadership skills and behaviors that companies are telling us they want. We’re confident that our emphasis on leadership will make our graduates even more competitive in the job market.” UGA also ranked 40th among Ph.D. programs in the sciences. In the biological sciences specialties, ecology / evolutionary biology and microbiology tied for eighth. The rankings will be available online at www.usnews.com beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 31. The full rankings will be available in book form Monday, April 3, with excerpts in the April 10 issue of the magazine. (Also available on the U.S. News Web site is the rankings methodology.) #
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