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UK EARNS THREE NEW GRAD SCHOOL RANKINGS; MARTIN SCHOOL
RISES AMONG THE ELITE

By George Lewis

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U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings places UK's public finance and budgeting program in fifth place, between Harvard and Carnegie Mellon universities.

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April 2, 2001 – (Lexington, Ky.) – The University of Kentucky took another step toward top-20 status today with the release of graduate school rankings by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Positioned between Harvard and Carnegie Mellon universities, the UK Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is ranked fifth in the category of public finance and budgeting in the publication “Best Graduate Schools 2002.”

Overall, the Martin School received a ranking of 31st among some 250 public and private schools of its type. Among public institutions alone, the Martin School ranks 18th overall.

In 1998, the last time the magazine ranked schools of public policy, the Martin School was listed 22nd in public finance and budgeting, which equates to 13th among public institutions and 36th overall.

U.S. News bases its rankings on two broad types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that describe the strength of a school's faculty, its research and the performance of students both as they enter and leave.

Genia Toma, director of the Martin School, attributed the rise in the rankings to several factors, including the addition of an endowed chair in public finance, faculty members’ successful participation as officers of prominent national organizations, and the achievements of Martin School graduates.

The skills that come with a degree from the Martin School include the understanding of enormous and highly bureaucratic organizations, comfort in managing huge and complex budgets, and the skill to bring competing interest groups to the table.

The usefulness of such a degree is expected to increase as tens of thousands of baby boomers retire from their government jobs.

In other graduate school rankings released today, UK’s rural medicine program was listed in a tie for 24th, its clinical psychology doctoral program was ranked 67th, and its English department was ranked in a tie for 62nd.

These new rankings bring UK’s total number of national rankings to 50.

Visit U.S. News & World Report's Web site for a complete list of its graduate school rankings.


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