WVU graduate programs nationally ranked
03/12/2013 - The Dominion Post
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The 2014 rankings, however, have dropped a few WVU programs that were previously recognized. The rankings were released today.
Rural Medicine was WVU’s top-ranked graduate program, behind only the University of Washington and University of New Mexico. The program was ranked ninth last year.
“We are very proud of this recognition,” Norman Ferrari, WVU School of Medicine vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs said in a statement. “We have had a required rural health experience in our curriculum for more than two decades. Our students have embraced this learning experience as a valuable part of their education. It has influenced many to stay and make West Virginia their home — that’s been especially important in rural areas of the state.”
Dean Arthur Ross also provided his comments via a statement.
"Our improved ranking speaks strongly to our intense commitment to improve the health and wellness of West Virginians. But as we train the next generation of West Virginia’s healthcare providers, we want to be No. 1. The people of West Virginia deserve nothing less.”
WVU President Jim Clements said the recognition was a reflection of the work of the staff.
“That’s big,” he said. “Third in the country.”
The College of Law was ranked 91st, up ten spots from last year’s ranking of 101.
“We are very excited about our U.S. News rankings and the national recognition it gives us,” Dean Joyce McConnell said in a statement. “It points to the hard work being done by the faculty and staff to ensure a top-flight legal education for our students and it reflects the high level of support we receive from our alumni, university leadership, and the law community.”
The College of Education and Human Services also ranked 111. The online business program ranked 29 and the online education program ranked 26.
But, a few programs fell off the list. The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources graduate studies ranked 102 last year, but didn’t appear on this year’s list. WVU appeared on the list for best research hospitals and top primary care education, but didn’t appear in the 2014 rankings, though there were fewer programs ranked this year.
Clements said that he doesn’t know if WVU’s engineering education has ever been stronger with high enrollment and several other strong metrics. But, if they need to work harder to get engineering to where it should be then the university will, Clements said.
The rankings don’t matter as much to potential graduate students as they do at the undergraduate level, said Katherine Karraker, interim associate provost for Graduate Academic Affairs. At that level, it’s more about the fit between the student, the program and educators.
Karraker said the rankings can help create awareness about programs.
The rankings are always important and when they are released, everybody looks at them, Clements said. But, that’s just one of many factors WVU uses to deliver a quality education, he said.