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2005.04.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Criminology Receives Top Ten Ranking in America's Best Graduate Schools 2006; Eight UNO Programs in Annual Publication

Omaha – Several graduate programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) have again received national recognition in the 2006 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.  For the first time, Criminology is ranked this year, and UNO stands at 9th among 33 nation-wide doctoral programs.

"As a campus, we are pleased and proud to have these graduate programs ranked nationally, and we expect that more programs will be ranked in the future," said John Christensen, UNO vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

Also of note, UNO's criminal justice doctoral program ranks third nationally among metropolitan universities.

"The teaching, research and community outreach in the Criminal Justice Department has always been something we have been proud of," said Robert Meier, chairman of the UNO Criminal Justice Department.  "Our faculty are active and involved, and have developed a national reputation for excellence. "

In the Public Affairs rankings, which were initially announced last year in the 2005 edition, UNO ranks of 26th, up from 31st in 2004, among 253 similar programs.  The Public Affairs program ranks 18th nationally among public universities. Specialty areas within the overall public affairs category were ranked individually. Specialty areas at UNO were ranked as follows:

• Information science and technology ranked eighth nationally among 12 similar programs and fifth nationally among public universities;

• Public management administration ranked 27th nationally out of 37 similar programs and 18th nationally among public universities;

• City management and urban policy ranked 29th nationally out of 32 similar programs and 22nd nationally among public universities; and

• Public finance and budgeting ranked 21st nationally among 33 similar programs and 15th nationally among public universities.

The top ranked schools in the various public affairs categories included Harvard University, Syracuse University, Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Georgia.

Also previously announced from last year in the health-related disciplines category were two more UNO programs.   The UNO School of Social Work placed 70th nationally out of 101 similar programs and 49th nationally among public universities; the UNO College of Education's speech-language pathology program placed 62nd nationally among 124 similar programs and 56th nationally among public universities.

Each year, U.S. News and World Report ranks graduate programs in the areas of business, education, engineering, law and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

For the rankings in all five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of more than 1,000 programs and nearly 9,100 academics and other professionals conducted in fall 2003.  In 2005, the publication produced new rankings of graduate programs in selected health fields and public affairs, surveying nearly 2,700 faculty and administrators. These rankings were based solely on the ratings of academic experts. To gather the opinion data, the publication asked deans, program directors and senior faculty to judge the overall academic quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1 ("marginal") to 5 ("outstanding").  

Criminology doctoral programs were ranked for the first time in the 2006 edition.

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