Colorado State Graduate Programs Rank Among Best in Nation

Note to Editors:This information is EMBARGOED by U.S. News and World Report until 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 4.

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University was ranked second in the nation today in the coveted U.S. News and World Report annual rankings of America’s best university graduate schools. It was the only veterinary medical program in the Western states to be ranked among the top 10. The university’s occupational therapy and vocational education programs also were ranked in the top 10.

Colorado State continues to dominate in the field of Veterinary Medicine educational programs, beating out University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University-College Station, Michigan State University and Ohio State University. Cornell University topped the 2003 list in veterinary medicine.

"Our consistent ranking among the top veterinary medical programs in the nation honors the commitment our faculty and staff have to provide an exceptional education to future veterinarians," said Dr. Lance Perryman, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "It also reflects the commitment, determination and devotion that our students give to the program."

Also ranked was Colorado State’s program in vocational and technical education, securing the ninth position on the list for programs of its kind in the country. Graduate programs in education and human resources studies have nearly 600 students who work with about 40 full-time faculty members in the school. Colorado State is one of the leading members of the national University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education.

"The faculty of the School of Education has worked hard to upgrade curriculum, improve programs and infuse technology into instruction for both on-campus and distance programs," said Rick Ginsberg, director of the School of Education in the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State. "Much of the research we generate is cutting edge. This top-10 rating is strong validation of the success of the faculties’ efforts and the quality of students we attract."

Master’s level specializations include counseling and career development, human resource development, adult education and training and educational leadership. At the doctoral level, specializations include educational leadership, community college leadership, human resource studies and an option for interdisciplinary study.

Colorado State’s occupational therapy master’s degree program ranked 10th in the nation in the 2001 survey, the most recent U.S. World and News Report ranking of this category.

Today’s report marks the latest in a series of positive rankings for the university from U.S. News and World Report. Colorado State was ranked among the top universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges" in 2002.