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Vanderbilt’s education school repeats high U.S. News ranking, Audiology program named best in the nation

Apr. 2, 2004, 12:01 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and
Human Development has again been ranked 4th in the nation among
education schools by U.S. News and World Report in its annual ranking
of the leading graduate and professional schools. The college’s Special
Education program was named No. 1 for the second year in a row.

The School of Medicine’s Audiology program claimed the top spot
among its peers this year, advancing to No. 1. The program ranked No. 2
in 2000, the last time this category was ranked, behind the University
of Iowa. That school’s program dropped to No. 2 this year.

"We are delighted to be ranked fourth for the second year in a row
and to again have special education ranked first in the country," said
Peabody Dean Camilla Benbow.

"We now have five programs with top 10 status and strong indicators
from several others that are right on the verge of breaking through,"
she said. "These rankings affirm that Peabody is better positioned than
ever to improve the practice of education and benefit society as a

Other Peabody programs listed in the top 10 were Administration,
advancing to No. 4 from 5th last year; Education Policy, moving up two
places to No. 7 from 9th in 2003; Elementary Education, dropping one
spot to No. 7 from No. 6 in 2003; and Curriculum/Instruction,
maintaining its No. 9 ranking from last year. Education Psychology came in
at No. 10, the same spot it held last time it was ranked in 1998.

Peabody was also included in a list of the top 50 teacher
preparation programs. Teacher’s College at Columbia University again
tied Peabody for the overall No. 4 spot.

In other rankings, Clinical Psychology in the College of Arts and
Sciences jumped to No. 11 from its previous ranking of 39 in 2001. The
Clinical Psychology program at Peabody also moved up, claiming the No.
26 spot after a ranking of 39 in 2001.

The Owen Graduate School of Management advanced six places to No. 39
from No. 45 in 2003. The School of Law maintained its No. 17 ranking, a
spot it has held every year since 2001.

The School of Medicine’s Speech-Language Pathology program advanced
two places to No. 6 from its 8th place ranking in 2000. The school
dropped one place to No. 15 from 14th in 2003 in the ranking of
research-oriented medical schools.

Biomedical Engineering led Vanderbilt engineering programs with a
rank of 20, down two places from the last time it was ranked in 2000.
Other engineering programs in the top 50 were Chemical, 49; Civil, 41;
Computer, 45; Electrical, 46; Environmental, 35; Materials, 47; and
Mechanical, 48. The School of Engineering ranked 53rd overall.

The magazine ranks schools of business, education, engineering, law
and medicine every year. Other disciplines are ranked periodically.

The rankings were emailed to universities earlier this week. More
detailed rankings were to be available on the U.S. News website,,
beginning April 2 and in the April 12 edition of the magazine, which
goes on sale April 5. The newsstand book, Best Graduate Schools, also
goes on sale April 5.

Media contact: Melanie Catania, (615) 322-NEWS