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'U.S. News' gives Baylor programs high marks

Sept. 3, 2003

By Kimberly O'Donnel, reporter

The 2004 edition of America's Best Colleges, compiled by U.S. News & World Report, awarded high marks to Baylor and its business, entrepreneurship and engineering programs.

Out of 248 top national doctoral-granting universities, the survey listed Baylor at No. 78.

Baylor's Hankamer School of Business climbed from No. 62 to No. 53. U.S. News ranked Baylor's entrepreneurship program as the ninth best in the nation. This is not the first time the program has been placed in U.S. News' top 10.

'For at least the last six years the entrepreneurship program has been in the U.S. News top 10,' Mary Abrahams, the program coordinator for the Center of Entrepreneurship, said.

U.S. News ranked 375 undergraduate business programs recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The latest rankings have placed the Hankamer School of Business in the top 14 percent of all accredited undergraduate business programs in the United States.

'I think it is great that the business school has moved up in the ranking,' Miriam Davis, a Bakersfield, Calif., junior, said. 'Hopefully it will make my degree more attractive to employers.'

Baylor's engineering program also received high marks, ranking No. 19 in the nation - up seven places since 2001.

The survey consisted of 145 other undergraduate engineering programs without doctoral programs. Baylor received the highest ranking out of the four Texas schools included in the survey.

'It is a positive recognition on Baylor ... the emphasis of [Baylor] 2012 will help us,' said Dr. Jim Farison, chairman of the engineering department. 'We are delighted to be ranked 19th...[There are] more advantages in recruiting students.'

Other schools placing high in the rankings include Rice University at No. 16, The University of Texas at Austin tied for No. 53, Texas A&M University tied for No. 67, Southern Methodist University tied for No. 73 and Texas Christian University tied for No. 99.

Baylor tied overall with Clemson University, St. Louis University, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and the University of Colorado in Boulder for the spot No. 78. This places Baylor in fourth position, tied with other Big 12 schools also included in the rankings and in fifth position among the 16 other Texas universities listed.

In order for U.S. News to rank university's business and engineering programs nation-wide, deans and senior faculty are surveyed. The participants rate the quality of the universites from one to five, five being the most distinguished.

'It is really people's opinion and what people know about Baylor,' Farison said. 'It is taking awhile for our name to get out.'

U.S. News has published rankings of American colleges and universities since 1983. In the fall of 1987 they released their first publication of the newsstand book America's Best Colleges.

'We do it to help you make one of the most important decisions of your life,' U.S. News recently reported on their website. 'Your investment in a college education could profoundly affect your career opportunities, financial well-being, and quality of life.'

The rankings can be found at www.usnews.com.