U.S. News Ranks Baylor Schools, Programs Among Nation's Best

March 30, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University's graduate programs in nursing, speech-language pathology and physical therapy are featured as some of the nation's finest in the "Best Graduate Schools for 2002" rankings published today by U.S. News & World Report. Baylor Law School also received recognition in the magazine's evaluation of 174 of the nation's accredited law schools.

Among its health disciplines rankings, U.S. News again ranks Baylor's speech-language pathology program at 46th in the nation, which places the program in the top tier of the magazine's survey results.

"We've been very pleased with our continued success in these rankings," said Dr. Kathy Whipple, chair and professor of communication sciences and disorders. "We've worked hard to maintain the quality of our program."

The master's degree program at Baylor's Dallas-based Louise Herrington School of Nursing is ranked 59th nationwide, according to the magazine.

"We are extremely pleased with this ranking, which indicates that we are maintaining a national presence as a quality graduate program," said Nursing School Dean Phyllis Karns.

The joint physical therapy program operated by Baylor and the U.S. Army is ranked 14th nationwide. Students studying for a master of physical therapy degree at the Academy of Health Sciences at San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston are commissioned officers in one of the uniformed services.

Baylor Law School is ranked by the U.S. News survey in the second tier among the top 85 law schools in the country. The law school also has been ranked among the nation's top 20 law schools by the National Jurist and among the nation's top 10 teaching law schools by the Princeton Review.

U.S. News & World Report first ranked graduate schools in 1987, and has done so annually since 1990. The April 9 edition of the magazine, containing many of the 2002 graduate school rankings, as well as the book edition of the "Best Graduate Schools for 2002," will be on newsstands Monday, April 2.

The rankings also will be available April 2 on the web at www.usnews.com.

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