Lehigh continues to rank among the nation's top research universities. U.S. News & World Report released its 2004 Best Graduate School rankings on April 4, and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science ranked 41st, up from 50th.
The movement returns the college to the position it held in 2002 and is recognition of progress being made in the college.
Graduate programs at 185 engineering schools that granted doctoral degrees were surveyed and ranked according to reputation among deans of engineering and graduate schools, and recruiters, student selectivity, and faculty research activity. While rankings are at best imperfect, they are a way that many people judge, at least partially, colleges and universities.
"This ranking is an outcome of the hard work of the engineering faculty and an integrated approach to enhance the visibility of our educational programs and faculty activities and their graduate students," says Mohamed El-Aasser, dean of the college.
While El-Aasser is pleased with the ranking, he says there is much work to be done. "We must continue the process of repositioning our college to be among the top engineering institutions in the nation," he says. "Key to this process is hiring the best faculty and creating the right environment for their academic success, as well as creating the right programs that attract the best graduate students."
Gregory Farrington, university president, sees this news as just one of many signs that the college continues to head in the right direction. "This movement does not yet fully reflect the strong, new department chairs and new, productive faculty that Dean El-Aasser is putting in place," he says. "This makes me bullish for the future."