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U.S. News & World Report ranks Lehigh's education and engineering colleges among America’s best

Lehigh University has once again been listed among the top 50 of America’s best graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. Both of Lehigh’s schools that are eligible for this recognition appear in the magazine’s annual rankings—College of Education was ranked No. 40 out of 242 colleges of education and P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science was ranked No. 42 out of 192 colleges of engineering that grant doctoral degrees.

The rankings appear in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2009” issue, available March 31.

While pleased to be recognized for the outstanding work of its graduate programs, rankings such as those by U.S. News & World Report are just one of several tools available for students who are evaluating a variety of graduate programs, according to S. David Wu, dean and Iacocca Professor, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

“Beyond rankings, there are a wide range of resources available for prospective graduate students looking to determine the best graduate school for their needs,” said Wu. “Lehigh faculty and current students are available to speak with prospective students about any of our programs, and we invite them to visit Lehigh’s facilities in person or online to find out more about what our graduate schools in both engineering and education have to offer.”

According to J. Gary Lutz, interim dean, College of Education, Lehigh has 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.

“Lehigh is deeply committed to helping its graduate students on their path toward an advanced degree, encouraging a deepening of their research interests and working to make graduate studies at Lehigh an enriching and gratifying experience,” said Lutz. “As I look across the various metrics that are used in this assessment, it’s very apparent that the outcome is a result of the quality of the students that we are attracting, the high level of scholarship that faculty and students are producing, and the solid programs that have been designed and put in place.”

Faculty in Lehigh’s College of Education have long been recognized for productivity and groundbreaking research. The college has a global focus that was made even stronger by the addition of the comparative and international education program this academic year and its recently launched Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders (CDUEL).

Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science is built on a long heritage of engineering excellence in research and scholarship, and offers some of the most competitive and highly regarded programs in the nation.

“Graduate education in engineering is highly dynamic, ever changing and extremely competitive as technological advancements in bio-technology, nano-technoogy and information technology are occurring at a pace faster than ever before,” said Wu. “In order to stay competitive, we must continue to recruit and retain exceptional students, faculty and staff, to build highly focused and intellectually cohesive research programs, and to pursue major investment in state-of-the-art research infrastructure. We have put forward a number of key initiatives that will reinforce Lehigh’s position as a leader and an innovator in engineering research and education.”

Overall, Lehigh University is also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s outstanding research universities. The university was ranked No. 31 out of 262 in the magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008.

--Dina Silver Pokedoff

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008

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