Two of Virginia Tech’s engineering programs and one of the university’s education programs are ranked nationally among the top 10 in their fields, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2007” survey released today.

The industrial engineering graduate program in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is ranked eighth among peer programs nationally. The civil engineering program in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is ranked 10th. These two specialties are typically the highest ranked among Virginia Tech’s engineering graduate programs.

Overall, the College of Engineering’s graduate program rose from a ranking of 31st last year to 30th in the current survey. Once again, the Virginia Tech engineering school achieved a rating of 18th among those at public universities. Programs at 187 private and public engineering schools that award Ph.D.s were included in this year’s survey.

“We continue to be proud of the efforts and international reputations of our faculty and graduate students,” said Edmund Henneke, associate dean for engineering research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering. “It is through their dedication and commitment to the advancement of engineering knowledge and practice that our Virginia Tech College of Engineering continues to rank among the best in the nation.”

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ School of Education is ranked sixth among vocational and technical specialties in this year’s survey. The program has placed among the top five programs a number of times and has been a top-10 selection for the past 12 years.

U.S. News & World Report’s graduate rankings, published annually since 1987, are based on data gathered from the surveyed schools, plus peer assessments of deans and other professionals in their respective fields. The survey is intended to provide prospective students with information about the nation’s top graduate schools and programs of study.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.


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