CSU is moving up in the world.
The 2005 U.S. News & World Report’s edition of “America’s
Best Graduate Schools” placed three CSU programs ahead of where
they have ranked before.
CSU’s occupational therapy master’s degree program ranked
seventh in the nation, up three slots since 2001, the last time
this category was ranked. The vocational and technical education
graduate program also moved up to seventh place, improving two
places since 2004. CSU’s graduate engineering program settled in at
53rd, advancing from 56th in 2004.
“The programs that we’re talking about here are very
high-quality programs,” said Peter Nicholls, provost/academic vice
president for CSU. “We sort of expected and hoped that they would
Jodie Redditi Hanzlik, the occupational therapy department head,
gives a nod to students in her department for its continued
“I think because of our consistent amazing accomplishments,
people really are aware that we do great things and we have great
students,” Redditi Hanzlik said. “We were just hoping and hoping
that we would continue upward in their ranking and we did.”
Budget cuts were a potential threat to success for many of these
departments. External funding, mainly from research grants, has
kept these departments doing well.
“Like everybody on campus, we’ve faced our fair share of cuts. I
think we’ve done very well in external funding,” said Tom Siller,
associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Engineering.
“There’s just been a big push toward excellence in this
Rick Ginsberg, director of the School of Education, hopes to
continue watching a pattern of improvements and achievements unfold
“We’ve been in a pattern of getting recognition each year and
moving up all the time,” Ginsberg said. “We are really a leader
These programs differ significantly in size and structure. The
occupational therapy program is home to just 109 students while the
engineering graduate program hosts 604 students.
Along with CSU faculty, students have worked hard to make these
programs great, said Nancy Hartley, dean of the College of Applied
Human Sciences, home to both the occupational therapy and education
“I think we always want to improve our performance,” Hartley
said. “Both areas have worked very hard.”
CSU fought for ranking against similar schools like the
University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina State University,
Michigan State University and Ohio State University. CSU plans to
continue outperforming these universities.
“We did expect to do well with these programs because we know
they are such high quality,” Nicholls said. “I am surprised and