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Lehigh’s engineering graduate program moves ahead in the rankings

U.S. News & World Report released its 2008 Best Graduate School rankings today, and Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science ranked 42nd among colleges of engineering. The College of Education was not included this year in the top 50 schools listed for colleges of education.

U.S. News determines the overall rankings of graduate schools by averaging scores in several distinct categories.

While it is common to focus on overall rankings, of particular significance are several of the objective, qualitative measures that contributed to the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science (RCEAS) ranking.

The reputation rank of RCEAS improved from 45th to 43rd. The college’s acceptance rate also improved from 31.6% to 23.1%, improving its ranking in that category by 18 places (from 35th to 17th). Research expenditures and average quantitative GRE scores remained steady from last year; the number of Ph.D.s granted dropped from 53 to 38 this year.

Specific category rankings information was not available for colleges that did not appear in the top 50 list, including Lehigh’s College of Education (COE). The COE reported improvements in several areas including average quantitative GRE scores, acceptance rate and student to faculty ratio; and declined in doctoral degrees granted, the percentage of Ph.D. and Ed.D. students enrolled and research expenditures.

The successes of Lehigh's graduates and the accomplishments of its faculty speak more to its quality than can be fully captured in rankings.

“We have an excellent array of graduate programs led by research active faculty who have a national and international reputation for their scholarly work in their specific areas of research,” says Lehigh Provost Mohamed El-Aasser.

--Sarah Cooke

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007

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