Occupational Therapy Leads Way among Nationally Ranked Graduate Programs

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Led by a 24th-place national ranking among graduate programs in Occupational Therapy, four graduate programs at Eastern Kentucky University have earned placement in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools, published by U.S. News Media Group.

Other EKU programs ranked among the nation’s best graduate programs are: Public Affairs (MPA), 165; Nursing, 193; and Speech-Language Pathology, 209. For a full list of the rankings, visit www.usnews.com/grad. Highlights of the rankings will be published in the Best Graduate Schools 2012 edition book, on sale April 5.

The 2012 Best Graduate Schools includes essential, detailed statistical information on more than 1,200 programs nationwide. In addition to featuring new rankings in five of the largest professional graduate school disciplines (business, law, education, engineering and medicine), the 2012 rankings also include updated peer-assessment-only rankings for healthcare management, nursing, nursing-anesthesia, nursing-midwifery, physician assistant, public health, rehabilitation counseling, and veterinary medicine.

“We are proud to have four graduate programs at Eastern Kentucky University included in these U.S. News rankings,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said. “This is particularly true for our graduate program in Occupational Therapy, which has now been highly ranked in consecutive years.

“I am confident that as more persons learn about the quality of this institution’s programs, both undergraduate and graduate, more of our programs will be singled out for their excellence. This is a highly deserved recognition of our outstanding faculty.”

The 2012 Best Graduate Schools is the first rankings package to be launched on the newly redesigned U.S. News Education site. With a fresh look, the site redesign offers increased usability, interactive search tools, and additional resources to help guide users through the graduate school decision and application process.

To learn more about the U.S. News Graduate School Compass or to order a copy of the 2012 Best Graduate Schools book, visit the online U.S. News Store. For more information about Best Graduate Schools, visit www.usnews.com/grad, and to learn more about the methodology and data research, visit www.usnews.com/gradmeth.

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform publisher of news analysis, research and rankings which includes the U.S. News & World Report magazines and guidebooks, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, and the company’s websites, www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com.

Published on March 15, 2011