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UK Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Law Among Nation’s Best

By Kelley Bozeman


“Our steady climb in these rankings reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr., President


April 4, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Three University of Kentucky colleges are among the best in the nation, according to newly released rankings from U.S.News & World Report. The ratings are included in the magazine’s 2004 annual ranking of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

In U.S. News’ rankings, the most widely read ratings of colleges, UK has the ninth best Rural Medicine program in the nation, up from 24th in 2001. In addition, UK’s College of Nursing ranked 29th overall, up from 36th in 2000, and the College of Law was again among the top 100 law schools, coming in at 51st.

“Our steady climb in these rankings reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students,” UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said. “The consistent performance of the College of Law and College of Nursing over the past several years is very notable and satisfying. I am extremely pleased about the Rural Medicine ranking – to jump 15 spots in two years is remarkable. Through programs like these, UK will continue to have a major impact on all of Kentucky and beyond.”

"We are very pleased to be recognized by our colleagues throughout the country for our emphasis on rural medicine,” said Emery A. Wilson, dean of the UK College of Medicine. “This is fitting testimony to the successes of our Center for Rural Health, our rural-based training programs conducted with our community partners in our Area Health Education Centers, our hundreds of outreach clinics each year, and our leadership in the development of an extensive telemedicine system.”

“I am extremely pleased that the College of Nursing continues to be among those advancing in the national rankings,” said Carolyn A. Williams, dean of the UK College of Nursing. “Since 1998 the college has advanced from being ranked 48th to a ranking of 36th in 2000 and now we have progressed to 29th. To be ranked 29th in a large field of programs in nursing eligible for ranking is an outstanding tribute for our college, the Medical Center, and the University of Kentucky. With the combined efforts of our outstanding faculty, staff and students and the university we will continue to move forward.”

“It is nice to have a range of outside confirmations of the quality of our program. But as we are improving the college to better serve our students and the Commonwealth, and not to influence the rankings, the best confirmation of our progress comes from our graduates, our students, and those who employ them,” said Allan Vestal, dean of the UK College of Law.

Each year, U.S. News ranks graduate programs in the areas of business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. Graduate programs in public affairs, the sciences, the social sciences, and humanities were not ranked this year; however, U.S.News & World Report reprinted tables of rankings completed in 2000 and 2001.

The magazine based its specialty rankings solely on ratings by deans and senior faculty at peer schools. Medical school deans and senior faculty identified up to 10 schools offering the best programs in each specialty area.

UK colleges and programs included in U.S. News’ rankings are:

In the past year, UK set numerous records. Fall 2002 saw a record 34,182 students on campus. In the area of research, UK achieved expenditures of over $212 million, placing it 32nd among public universities and 47th among both public and private. And, for the first time, UK was ranked among the top 50 public research universities by U.S.News & World Report.

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