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Virginia Tech Programs Again Ranked Among Top Ten
May 1, 2007

Graduate programs in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Human Resources have once again been ranked nationally among the top 10 in their fields, according to the “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008” survey released recently by U.S. News & World Report.

For the second year, the industrial engineering graduate program in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is ranked eighth among peer programs nationally, and the civil engineering program in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is ranked tenth.

The College of Engineering’s overall graduate program slipped slightly from last year’s ranking of 30th to 33rd in the current survey. For the third year, the college stands at 18th among graduate engineering programs at public universities. Programs at 191 public and private engineering schools that award Ph.D.s were included in this year’s survey.

“The overall rankings this year fail to reflect the good news – that the College of Engineering’s research expenditures increased by nearly 13 percent, and that 147 of our students completed their Ph.D.s in 2006, our largest number ever,” said Ed Henneke, associate dean of research and graduate studies for engineering. “Once again, our graduate program is ranked 18th among engineering programs at public universities and our industrial engineering and civil engineering specialties are judged among the best in the nation by peer faculty.”

“An important assessment that remains consistently high for the College of Engineering is the National Science Foundation’s annual survey of research expenditures,” said Richard Benson, dean of engineering. “For the third year in a row, our faculty’s efforts have resulted in a national ranking of 13th – a true achievement in the highly competitive arena of research funding.”

The Career and Technical Education graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ School of Education ranked sixth among vocational and technical specialties in this year’s survey, holding at the same spot as the previous year. The program has placed among the top five programs a number of times and has been a top-10 selection for the past 13 years.

U.S. News & World Report’s graduate rankings, published annually since 1987, are based on several categories of data gathered from the surveyed schools, plus peer assessments of deans, senior faculty and other staff professionals in their respective fields. The survey is intended to provide prospective students with information about the nation’s top graduate schools and programs of study.

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