Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Graduate Schools Must Improve Rankings

To the Editor:

I was shocked to see that Georgetown University spokesman Erik Smulson was “pleased” with what he called “strong rankings for our graduate programs” in Michael Coleman’s article “Grad Ratings Yield Mixed Results” (THE HOYA, April 7, 2006, A1).

The administration should be furious about such low U.S. News & World Report rankings. If Thomas O’Toole, associate dean for curriculum at Georgetown’s School of Medicine, thinks that that the Medical School’s ranking of 46 is “high,” then he must also think that Nigeria has a high GDP.

Also, Erik Smulson is entirely wrong; these are not strong rankings. They are embarrassing. We are a much better university than these rankings would seem to indicate, so let’s not be satisfied (or pretend to be satisfied) with these pathetic numbers.

Although the rankings are not always accurate reflections of how good a school actually is, perhaps they do tell us something in this case: The business school needs to get its act together, and the medical school should shape up or ship out.

Jack Carlson (SFS ’09)

April 11, 2006

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