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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
usefulness of such a degree is expected to increase as tens of thousands of baby boomers
retire from their government jobs.
graduate school rankings released today, UKs 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.
rankings bring UKs 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.