MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XX No. 1
September / October 2007
20th Anniversary of FNL:
A Brief History of its Founding
Faculty Representation? How?
Newsletter Most Popular Among MIT Faculty
Transparency and Communication
A Call for Nominations to the
Newsletter Editorial Board
Hockfield to Write on "State of the Institute"
in Next Newsletter
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
America's Infrastructure
Engineering Dilemma
Is it Time for a New Manhattan Project?
Update on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons
Experimental Project-Based Subjects:
A Hit With Students
Faculty Calendar
Student Systems – A Vision for the Future
MIT 1st in Engineering, 7th Overall
in Latest U.S. News Ranking
Combining Investment with Philanthropy: Faculty and the MIT Endowment
Proficiency in Customary Units
Who's Who in the MIT Administration
Campus Population in Representative Years: % Change and Absolute Numbers
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MIT 1st in Engineering, 7th Overall
in Latest U.S. News Rankings

MIT maintained its place as the number one undergraduate engineering school in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, announced in the magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue published in late August (see graph). The Institute also remained second to the University of Pennsylvania in the undergraduate business school category (see graph).

MIT was seventh in the overall rankings for undergraduate national universities, continuing its decade-long history of finishing between third and seventh. Traditional leaders Princeton, Harvard, and Yale again grabbed the first three spots (see table).         

Categories (and weights) used by U.S. News to judge colleges include:

• Peer assessment (25%)
• Faculty resources (20%)
• Graduation and retention rate (20%)
• Student Selectivity (15%)
• Financial resources (10%)
• Alumni giving (5%)
• Graduation rate performance (5%)

U.S. News also rated individual engineering and business departments. [Note that not all programs are rated each year.] Several of the Institute’s programs in these areas were ranked in the top five. They are:

• Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronomical (1st)
• Chemical Engineering(1st)
• Civil Engineering (3rd)
• Computer Engineering (1st)
• Electrical/Electronic/Communications (1st)
• Environmental/Environmental Health (5th)
• Materials (3rd) [tied with Michigan]
• Mechanical Engineering (1st)

• Entrepreneurship (4th)
• Finance (5th)
• Management Information Systems (2nd)
• Productions/Operations Management (1st)
• Quantitative Analysis (1st)
• Supply Chain (2nd) [tied with ASU]

Data was taken from the 2008 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Charts used were prepared by the Office of the Provost/Institutional Research.


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