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Five schools and colleges at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its just-released 2017 Best Graduate Schools lists. The recognized educational units are the Shidler College of Business, College of Education, William S. Richardson School of Law, the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

Said Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, “We are gratified that our graduate students attend programs that are rated among the very best at universities and colleges throughout the country. Our offices of Academic Affairs and Graduate Education should be commended for their diligent work and focused leadership.”

Ranked units

  • Business: The Part-Time MBA Program at the Shidler College of Business is ranked 102 among 296 part-time MBA programs that qualified for the ranking. In February, the school was reaccredited by AACSB International, the most prestigious global accrediting institution for business schools.
  • Education: The College of Education, which has been nationally accredited since 2000, was recognized as number 66 out of 251 schools. Said Dean Donald B. Young, “Each year, the college consistently ranks in the top 100 best colleges of education in the country, which is a tribute to our excellent faculty, staff and students.”
  • Law: The William S. Richardson School of Law placed in the top tier of ABA-accredited American law schools, ranking 92. This put the UH law school in the top 100 among the 149 best law schools in the country in rankings for 196 accredited law schools. The law school was also rated number 28 for its Evening Part Time Program.
  • Nursing: The School of Nursing an Dental Hygiene ranked 104 out of 259 nursing schools for its master’s program, and at 82 out of 149 for its doctor of nursing practice program (DNP). The school now offers pathways to the DNP for registered nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing, non-nurses with a bachelor of science degree and the traditional master’s pathway.
  • Social Work: Out of 231 ranked schools of social work, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is acknowledged to be in the top 25 percent at number 58. It is the only school of social work in the Pacific Basin with three education programs—bachelor, master and doctorate degrees.

According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on two types of data: “expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.” The data come from statistical surveys of more than 1,900 programs, and from reputation surveys—sent to more than 18,400 academics and professionals—conducted in fall 2015 and early 2016.

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