Two Marquette College of Health Sciences programs recently made significant leaps in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 rankings. The doctoral physical therapy program is ranked 12th nationally, up from 19th, and the graduate program in speech-language pathology is ranked 62nd nationally, up from 72nd — the highest rankings ever achieved by either program.
“This definitely represents progress for us, though we are far from done,” says Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “For PT, moving up within the top twenty is a major accomplishment.” Cullinan attributes both programs’ higher rankings to the college’s increasingly active research environment, which is especially strong in the areas of neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. “We are now far more visible on the national scene than ever before,” Cullinan says.
Dr. Edward Korabic, chair of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, says he’s pleased that his program is ranked among the top 25 percent, especially considering it is one of the few programs ranked that high that does not offer a doctoral program.
Research in the department is on the rise, and it’s garnering more attention than ever before. Korabic cites national exposure from the $4 million U.S. Department of Education research grant for the Wisconsin Reading Acquisition Program, led by Dr. Maura Moyle, Dr. Brenda Gorman and Ms. Sue Berman; cutting-edge research by Dr. Jeffrey Berry, who directs the Marquette University Speech and Swallowing Lab; and the continued success of Dr. Subhash Bhatnagar’s book Neuroscience for the Study of Communication Disorders and his popular summer CE course.
“The new ranking is an affirmation of the quality of research productivity that can be achieved in our program with support from the college,” Korabic says.
Korabic also notes that a program’s reputation is made up of more than a single ranking. In the department’s last reaccreditation visit, the lead site visitor stated that Marquette’s graduate program in speech-language pathology was the best program she has reviewed in 20-plus years, Korabic says.