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MIT Engineering Ranked 1st Again

By Ifung Lu
Associate News Editor

U.S. News & World Report again ranked MIT as the top graduate engineering school for the fifth consecutive year in its annual report on the "Best Graduate Schools" in the United States. The report also ranked the Sloan School of Management as the second best business school, one slot ahead of the Harvard Business School.

In a separate survey, the report also ranked MIT as first in the nation in seven engineering disciplines -- aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical/electronic, materials/metallurgical, mechanical, and nuclear. Civil and biomedical engineering ranked second and fourth respectively. The MIT Department of Architecture was rated fifth among all U.S. architecture graduate programs.

The overall first-place ranking was determined by examining five characteristics of an institution -- student selectivity, faculty resources, research activity, and two separate measures of reputation, first by deans of institutions and then by practicing engineers. MIT tied Stanford University for first place in reputation by academics and practicing engineers. The Institute ranked first in research activity, fourth in faculty resources, and thirteenth in student selectivity.

The second to ninth place engineering schools were Stanford University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California at Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin, and Carnegie Mellon University.

"It is significant that in engineering we are ranked first by both our academic and industrial colleagues. All our [engineering] departments were ranked number one except for the one that was ranked second. Let's enjoy the fact that we are an excellent institution and this is well recognized," said President Charles M. Vest.

"Many of us have known Sloan is one of the best business schools, but these are the first large scale survey results that publicly recognize the quality of our students, faculty, staff, and programs," said Glen L. Urban, dean of the Sloan School of Management.

The second-place ranking of the Sloan School was based on student selectivity, placement success, graduation rate, and reputation as determined first by business school deans and then by chief executive officers representing a cross section of the largest U.S. corporations. MIT ranked first in placement success and graduation rate, second in student selectivity, and third in reputation by academics. The Institute was also eighth in reputation by CEOs.

MIT was rated first in three business specialties -- management information systems, production, operations management, and quantitative analysis.

"In business we were ranked higher by our academic colleagues than by a group of CEOs. We were very strong in all of the quantitative measures," said Vest.

"Employers gave a vote of confidence to our graduates and the faculty research that gives our graduates cutting edge skills and the ability to communicate them effectively," Urban said.

"These ratings give us the confidence to pursue our new focus of `innovation driven' firms of the 21st century," Urban said. "By close cooperation with the schools of engineering, science, humanities, and architecture, we hope to train the leaders for these firms and give students the organizational and analytical tools they need to be successful. If we can do this we could become the preeminent business school."

Sloan was second only to Stanford University's business school. Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Duke University, and University of California at Los Angeles were ranked third to tenth respectively.

President Vest is pleased with the Institute's performance in the report. "I am delighted with our rankings in engineering and business. Architecture,at number five in reputation, is within reach of the top ranks, and we intend for that to move up in the coming years," Vest said.

"It is always good to be perceived as being on top. It helps us attract the best students, gives us additional confidence in our educational and research style, and motivates us to work hard to stay at the top. ... It should be a source of pride to us and a reminder of what a remarkable institution we study and work in," Vest added.