When U.S. News & World Report released its annual graduate program last month, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing saw one offering (its master’s degree) leap nine places to No. 8, and another (Doctor of Nursing) debut at No. 5.
How did they manage both in a single year?
The answer, it turns out, is two-fold. This year marked only the second where master’s degree programs received rankings based on a broad range of quantitative measures; earlier years’ rankings were based solely on surveys of nursing school leaders. The magazine still is adjusting its definitions of certain categories, and one of this year’s shifts (faculty in clinical practice) benefited the school significantly—without the school doing anything differently. In two other categories, however, the school’s own efforts made the difference. In the first, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other research funding, the school increased its tally by 60 percent over the previous year. In the second, NIH and other teaching and practice grants, the improvement was 68 percent.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, meanwhile, made its first appearance in U.S. News this year. Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing bested Pitt, NYU, the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt in the top 10, and its total score was just two points (out of 100) behind Columbia. Among its strongest showings relative to other top 10 programs were in the percentage of full-time faculty with a doctoral degree (69.4), and percentage of faculty with distinguished memberships and/or recognition as fellows of national nursing and other health-related organizations (25.5).
Congratulations to the school of nursing’s faculty, staff and students on such an outstanding showing; we look forward to seeing you top it in 2017.