OMAHA – Students looking for exceptional education in public affairs will find just that at the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service according to the new 2021 “Best Graduate Schools Rankings” from U.S. News & World Report.
The new rankings place UNO’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice program tied at No. 15.
Overall, the UNO School of Public Administration received high rankings, tied at No. 25 in the nation.
Also notable is the ranking of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work’s graduate programming at No. 96.
CPACS Dean John Bartle said the recognition for his college’s programs highlight the programs’ quality and reliability.
“It’s no surprise to see UNO ranked alongside institutions like Duke, Georgetown, Wisconsin, and Kentucky,” Bartle said. “We have hired a world-class faculty, and carefully crafted the curriculum to be rigorous and relevant. And while we are nationally ranked, we are also locally engaged: our faculty and students work closely with community partners, nonprofits and governments.”
It’s no surprise to see UNO ranked alongside institutions like Duke, Georgetown, Wisconsin, and Kentucky."
- John Bartle, dean, UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Deborah Smith-Howell, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, said the new numbers reflect the intention UNO brings to graduate programming.
“Call it the Maverick way: we recruit faculty who are the best at what they do to develop leaders and equip them to make a difference in their communities and organizations,” Smith-Howell said. “Add cutting-edge research and applied community service and you can see why our graduate programs consistently keep earning these kinds of honors.”
Founded in 1972, CPACS is the only college in the University of Nebraska system dedicated entirely to public affairs and civic engagement. As such, it serves a statewide mission of coupling quality education with professional services for any students looking to improve their communities.
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