Using information from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management as its guide, BestValueSchools.com has published its 2015 list of the 50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the United States. Noting the public service mission of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the list ranks UMass Boston 29th.
Author Iris Stone looked at several factors before compiling her list, including U.S. News Public Affairs Graduate Schools and QS World Rankings, student-to-faculty ratio, innovative academic features, the number of degree programs and joint public service degrees offered, as well as the quality of each department’s internship and career services programs.
Out of a maximum 165 points, UMass Boston earned 73 points, placing it as the top public university in New England (UMass Amherst also appeared on the list at 38) and second in Massachusetts to Harvard University, which ranked first with 119 points.
The recent ranking of the Graduate Program in Public Administration as a top graduate program by U.S. News and World Report helped move the university higher on the list. According to the author’s methodology, such an accolade could contribute up to 27 points or 16 percent of the total score.
The report made particular note of McCormack’s Global Leadership Dialogues publication series, the new Summer Institute in Ecuador on Conflict Resolution Across Borders, and the applied learning opportunities in the school’s many research centers and institutes.
McCormack Dean Ira A. Jackson said he is thrilled with the honor.
“Named after a local politician and champion of public service, Speaker John W. McCormack, our talented, caring faculty and passionate, smart students are changing the face of public policy in many important ways, tackling some of the most challenging issues of our time like peace, income inequality, and government effectiveness," he said. "To finally be recognized alongside such established schools of public service means that we are coming of age and emerging in our own right as a leader of social change.”