of the 2002 U.S. News & World Report survey
Boston College maintained its national ranking of 38 in the latest
U.S. News & World Report survey of colleges and universities, released
in September. Of the major Catholic schools, only Notre Dame (19th)
and Georgetown (23rd) placed higher. BC shared its ranking with
Case Western Reserve and Lehigh Universities.
In U.S. News's analysis of undergraduate business programs, the
Carroll School of Management jumped four spots to 30th place, continuing
a recent CSOM trend. Last year the school's MBA program broke into
the top 40, and its evening courses came in 20th nationwide.
The 2002 rankings are based on a number of factors, from percentage
of full-time faculty to graduation rates. BC moved up 12 positions,
to 87th place, in per capita financial resources--a reflection of
recent successes in the Ever to Excel campaign. The University also
improved three spots in undergraduate selectivity, to 30th place,
and moved from 22nd to 21st in undergraduate retention.
Academic vice president and dean of faculties John D. Neuhauser
acknowledged the controversy that surrounds the U.S. News rankings--critics
claim they reflect financial measures more than academic assessments--but
said that, "if nothing else, they can help in identifying areas
of strength. . . as well as areas where more attention is needed."