An Exceptional Year for Rankings
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In the 2011 U.S. News & World Report survey the Clark School's undergraduate program ranked 19th among all engineering schools. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Clark School placed 13th worldwide:
Clark School Enters U.S. News Top 20
In the U.S. News & World Report 2011 edition of "America's Best Colleges" released today, the Clark School’s undergraduate program is ranked 19th in the nation among all engineering programs—the first time the school has entered the Top 20 in this survey. The Clark School was tied at 19th with Rice University and UCLA.
Among public programs, the Clark School ranked 9th—also the first time it has entered the Top 10 of public schools.
The Clark School's Department of Aerospace Engineering was ranked 9th, down from 6th last year, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering was ranked 19th, its first time in the top 20.
In congratulating the school's faculty, staff and students, Dean Darryll Pines stated, "I am very pleased to see the Clark School's undergraduate program begin to get the recognition it so richly deserves. While the U.S. News survey has many shortcomings, and should be viewed as only one of several measures of a successful academic engineering program, it is gratifying to see the Clark School achieve this very special milestone."
Clark School Ranked 13th Worldwide
The Institute of Higher Education and Center for World-Class Universities has ranked the Clark School 13th in the world among all engineering programs for 2010 in its Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
The Clark School was tied at 13th with Purdue University. Among public university programs, the Clark School ranked 8th.
Since 2003 Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been publishing the ARWU, which is primarily based on research productivity and academic scholarship including the number of highly cited researchers on faculty, the number of articles by faculty published in Nature and Science magazines, and the overall quality of journals in which articles have appeared.
More information about the rankings can be found at the institute's web site.
Clark School 3rd Nationwide in Recruiter Survey
The Wall Street Journal has just published its first "Top 25 Recruiter Picks" listing, which identifies those universities from which large employers most heavily recruit graduates to fill entry-level jobs. In that survey the University of Maryland is ranked 8th in the nation, and the A. James Clark School of Engineering is ranked 3rd among engineering programs (behind Georgia Tech and Purdue).
"This is outstanding news for our students," stated Dean Darryll Pines. "In a tough job market, they can be assured that major employers will be looking for new hires at the Clark School."
According to the Journal, the survey queried 479 of the largest public and private companies, nonprofits and government agencies in the U.S. Further, "The Journal research represents a systematic effort to assess colleges by surveying employers' recruiters—who decide where to seek out new hires—instead of relying primarily on measures such as student test scores, college admission rates or graduates' starting salaries. As a group, the survey participants hired more than 43,000 new graduates in the past year."