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U.S. News Ranks MIT Engineering First for 7th Year

By Kwong H. Yung

The School of Engineering retains its seven-year hold as the top-ranked engineering graduate school in the U.S. News and World Report's annual survey.

The Institute also placed first in seven out of the twelve engineering specialties, first in four out of six science fields, and first in economics.

The Sloan School of Management fell to second place in the business category by a narrow margin to Stanford University, which placed third last year.

MIT achieved its success by attracting world-class faculty and outstanding students, said President Charles M. Vest.

"Once a number of departments obtain the reputation for excellence, they tend to attract equally excellent faculty and students to the other departments," said Provost Joel Moses PhD '67.

The ranking, announced yesterday, will be published in the March 18 issue of the magazine.

In the overall engineering ranking, Stanford stood second, followed by the University of California at Berkeley at third, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at fourth, and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor at fifth.

The University of Michigan rose from an eighth place ranking last year.

The U.S. News rankings were based on academic reputation, professional reputation, research revenue, and other factors.

Surveys were issued to the directors of major departments and institutions to collect the peer reputation ranking.

The total scores were scaled such that the top-ranked school had a perfect 100.0 points.

According to the engineering surveys, MIT was ranked number one by academics and number one by practicing engineers. The Institute also had the greatest amount of research revenue.

Because MIT's departments are relatively large, "they are more flexible and capable of doing outstanding teaching and research in a very broad set of subfields," Moses said.

Dean of the Sloan School of Management Glen L. Urban was very pleased that Sloan has again been rated one of the very best schools.

Sloan was rated first in last year's ranking and also has the highest cumulative total score over the last three years, Urban said.

Referring to the new Tang Center, the new $3 million trading room, and the web-based student class bidding system, Urban said, "I believe we are a better school than last year."

Although "scores are important, equally critical is a strategy of persistent improvement in response to student feedback and changes in our academic and corporate markets," Urban said.

The ranking can be used place schools in groups, but the precise score are not accurate, especially scores among the top schools, Vest said.

"Don't rest on our laurels or pay too much attention to our good press," Vest added.