For Immediate Release
March 12, 2019
Contact: Ruth DeWitt
US News and World Report Gives School Top Ranking in Local Government Management
LAWRENCE — The US News and World Report issued its rankings for top graduate programs around the country today, and the local government management program at the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) once again received the top designation – a streak that’s been going since 1998.
US News and World Report changed its ranking process from every three years to annually last year, and from now on, the rankings will be an annual event. “We were unsure how or if the change at US News would affect the process, so we are happy with these positive results,” School Director, Rosemary O’Leary said.
Also notable was the School’s jump in its overall rank, moving up nine spots to #14 among schools of public affairs across the country. The School is also ranked in specializations of public management (#10), urban policy (#17), and public budgeting and finance (#23).
O’Leary was thrilled with the news. “We are delighted to maintain the number one rank among local government programs and even happier to see our overall ranking rise this year. Although this is just one measure by which we assess our strength, it feels good to be recognized nationally for our work.”
“We have had a terrific year here at SPAA. We celebrated the 70th anniversary of our local government program, we received seven national faculty and alumni awards, secured significant research grants, and were able to add an endowed Professor of Practice to our faculty through a generous gift from the Hall Foundation, and we’re just getting started.”
“These results and the accomplishments we’ve enjoyed this year are a credit to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors who make this program a success. I can’t thank them enough for their commitment to our School and public service,” O’Leary said.