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School of Urban and Public Affairs rises dramatically in graduate rankings

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Friday, March 28, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs rose 19 places in 2008-09 U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate public affairs programs in the United States and tied with several universities including Rutgers, Auburn and Brown.

"This recognition is a tribute to Dean Richard Cole and the outstanding faculty and students in SUPA," said UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo.

The public affairs program rankings are based on the results of a peer assessment survey. SUPA’s ranking, completed in 2008 and based on surveys conducted in fall 2007, are based entirely on responses of deans, directors, and department chairs representing 269 master's of public affairs and administration programs. Respondents were asked to rate the academic quality of master's programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). Scores for each school were totaled and divided by the number of respondents who rated that school.

In Texas, only The University of Texas Austin (the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and Texas A&M (the Bush School of Government and Public Service) are ranked higher than UT Arlington.

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