Baylor Engineering Ranks 14th in Us News College Guide

Sept. 11, 1996

by Brenda Tacker

WACO, Texas - The 1997 Best Colleges listings issued by US News & World Report rates the Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science 14th nationally among engineering schools without doctoral granting programs.

The listings are in the Sept. 16 issue. It is the first time the guide has divided listings for engineering programs into two categories, one for schools without doctoral programs and another listing for schools with doctoral programs.

"This ranking is important because it reflects on the quality of our undergraduate teaching. It is another indication that our performance in this area is outstanding," said Dr. James M. Warren, associate professor and chair of the Department of Engineering. "We have a quality program in a private university with an emphasis on people."

He added that the department's graduates have posted a 100 percent passing rate on the Texas Fundamentals of Engineering Exam in four out of the past five years, including a 100 percent passing rate for the spring exam. The test figures are released by the Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

The U.S. News rankings grew from a survey of engineering deans who were asked to rate the reputation of other schools in several categories by placing them in one of four tiers. Cooper Union in New York earned the top ranking in undergraduate engineering programs without doctoral degree plans. Trinity University in San Antonio tied with Baylor in the 14th spot.

Although established as the School of Engineering & Computer Science on June 1, 1996, studies in engineering programs have been offered at Baylor since 1980.

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