By Karen Collins
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s supply chain and logistics graduate program continued its upward trek in U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 graduate rankings, rising one spot to ninth in the nation and fifth among all public institutions.
UT’s engineering, law and education programs also were ranked among the best in the nation. Each spring, the magazine ranks graduate programs in a variety of academic disciplines among public and private colleges and universities in the United States.
UT’s College of Business Administration’s supply chain and logistics graduate program now has been listed among the best of its kind by U.S. News for four consecutive years. The college’s overall graduate program was ranked 54th nationally and 27th among public universities in the 2010 report.
College of Business Administration Dean Jan Williams said this ranking speaks to the quality of all levels of business programs.
“We have one of the foremost supply chain and logistics graduate programs in the world because of the quality of our faculty, students and curriculum,” he said. “This ranking recognizes both the innovative curriculum and strength of our graduate program, but also our strong supply chain and logistics program across all levels of education, from undergraduate through executive education.”
The College of Engineering’s nuclear engineering graduate program was ranked 12th nationally and 11th among all public institutions. Engineering’s overall graduate program was 68th nationally, up one place from last year, and 40th among public universities.
The College of Law’s clinical training program moved to 15th nationally and fifth among public universities, up one spot from last year. The overall law program ranked 59th nationally and 29th among all public universities.
“We are particularly pleased and proud of the excellent national reputation the College of Law enjoys for its outstanding clinical programs,” said Douglas Blaze, dean of the college. “Our clinical programs represent the best of what we do — training future attorneys through a unique connection between legal theory and practice. We will continue to build on our strengths to improve our standing as one of the best public institutions for training lawyers.”
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences overall graduate program ranked 41st nationally and 28th among public institutions, in the new 2010 report.
Each year, U.S. News ranks graduate programs in the areas of business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These graduate rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. For the rankings in all five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of more than 1,500 programs and some 11,000 academics and other professionals that were conducted in 2008.
Other UT graduate programs that appear in the new report for their most recent rankings include:
- The School of Art’s MFA in printmaking ranked fourth nationally and its overall graduate program was ranked 50th nationally in 2008.
- The College of Social Work’s graduate program ranked 26th overall and 15th among public universities in 2008.
- The College of Nursing’s graduate program ranked 72nd in 2007.
Last year, U.S. News ranked UT Knoxville 51st among public universities and colleges in its list of best schools for undergraduate education in the 2009 report.
The 2010 graduate rankings are now online at http://www.usnews.com and will be published in the May edition of the magazine, which goes on sale Tuesday, April 28. U.S. News also will feature the material in its annual America’s Best Graduate Schools guide book.