UC Berkeley Ranks High in US News Graduate School Report

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With the release of the 2010 U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings last week, UC Berkeley students and officials at the schools welcomed the top 10 rankings, but were doubtful as to whether they actually reflected school performance.

Released April 15, the report ranked Boalt Hall School of Law seventh with the University of Pennsylvania, the UC Berkeley College of Engineering third behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, and Haas School of Business's full-time graduate program seventh with Dartmouth College.

Boalt Hall law student William Most said higher rankings helped prospective clients choose graduates from UC Berkeley as attorneys.

"It's hard because there's not that many signals to go on," Most said. "You don't always know the number of wins and losses of the lawyer or anything like that, so I think people use it as a proxy for actual performance."

According to Boalt spokesperson Susan Gluss, the school has moved from 13th in 2004 to seventh this year since Dean Christopher Edley took over the school.

The report determines the rankings from input measures, including the faculty-to-student ratio and amount of research funding, and output measures, including job placement rates and starting salaries for graduates.

Despite career opportunity benefits, engineering school spokesperson Karen Rhodes said it was healthy to view the rankings with some skepticism.

"It's like anything around which there's a buzz created," she said. "It is certainly worth our while to pay attention to that buzz and make sure we reflect well in the rankings, but if we thought that was the sole reflection of our worth we would be terribly misguided."


Contact Michael Pearlson at [email protected]



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