'U.S. News' releases rankings; Johns Hopkins tied at No.
The roller coaster of rankings of the country's best
universities produced annually by U.S. News
& World Report finds Johns Hopkins in the No. 14 spot
this year, tied there with Brown and
Northwestern. The ranking was up two from last year and
down one from the previous year. The top
three spots went to Princeton, Harvard and Yale, as they
had in 2006, with a number of other schools
in the top tier — among them, Cal Tech, MIT, Penn and
Dartmouth — also sliding up and down from their
Johns Hopkins ranking components of note: No. 22 in
faculty resources, up from 40 last year; a
2005 graduation rate of 93 percent, an "overperformance" of
the predicted 90 percent; percent of
classes under 20, 68 percent, up from 51 percent; and
percent of classes of 50 or more, 11 percent,
down from 19 percent.
In rankings for best undergraduate engineering
programs among schools whose highest degree
is a PhD, Johns Hopkins is tied at 14 for the third year in
a row, with biomedical engineering again
taking the No. 1 spot in the specialty rankings.
In an unranked section called "Programs to Look for,"
Johns Hopkins is included under
"undergraduate research/creative projects." In a section
called "Economic Diversity," Johns Hopkins
is tied at 17th among national universities and in "Great
Schools, Great Prices" is ranked 25th.
The ratings are published in the Aug. 27 issue,
available on newsstands beginning today, Aug. 20,
and are online at
'Newsweek' names JHU as one of 2008's '25 Hottest
In a list it describes as "subjective and temporary
— but in a good way," Newsweek's annual
college guide, released last week in the Aug. 20-27 issue,
named JHU one of the "25 Hottest Schools"
Calling it "Hottest for Pre-Med," the magazine said
that Johns Hopkins is notable not only for
its world-class labs and computer facilities but also for
its "wonderful" humanities, public
policy/international studies and music programs and social
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SoN receives grant to address nursing shortage in
The Johns Hopkins
School of Nursing has been awarded a five-year $970,000
grant to increase
the number of available nursing faculty in Maryland and to
address the critical shortage of nurses.
Funding for the proposal "A Needs-Based Graduate Education
Partnership" is provided by the
Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and the
Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Kathleen White, associate professor and interim
director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice
program, and team members Mary Terhaar and Susan Immelt
sought the funding to develop and
implement a DNP program at Johns Hopkins, beginning in the
2007-2008 academic year.
The School of Nursing will work with local hospitals
to support qualified staff in applying for,
attending and completing the final DNP project. Partners in
implementing the program are The Johns
Hopkins Hospital, Bayview Medical Center, Howard County
General Hospital, St. Agnes Hospital, Mercy
Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Mt.
Washington Pediatric Hospital.
After receiving their DNP degree, graduates from the
collaborating hospitals will continue to
work at their institutions, acting as advanced clinical
resource support or providing clinical and
administrative leadership to the organizations and their
staff. The program will qualify graduates to
serve as clinical and classroom faculty for the schools of
nursing at Johns Hopkins and other Maryland
This round of grants from the Maryland Health Services
Cost Review Commission, distributed
to 25 institutions of higher education, health systems and
hospitals, is expected to increase
undergraduate and graduate nursing enrollments by 1,500
JHPIEGO receives awards for HIV/AIDS services in
received two awards totaling more than $1.5 million to
health services in Kenya.
Population Services International has awarded JHPIEGO
$1,259,920 over three years to assist
in the implementation of the United States Agency for
International Development's AIDS, Population
and Health Integrated Assistance Program II-Health
Communications and Marketing cooperative
agreement. The aim of the project is to increase the
long-term health impact in HIV/AIDS, family
planning, and maternal and child health through social
JHPIEGO will lead the training component for
Population Services International's development
of a national family planning referral network among its
private sector providers. Its primary tasks
will be to assist with the integration of HIV prevention
messages offered by PSI's network, improve
the quality of family planning counseling furnished by
these providers and prepare local clinics to
JHPIEGO received its second award from the African
Population and Health Research Center —
$290,000 to assist in the implementation of its two-year
Rockefeller Foundation-funded program in
Kenya titled "Comprehensive Care for HIV at the Household
Level in African Informal Settlements:
Consolidating the Gains."
The goal is to improve the quality of and increase the
use of HIV/AIDS services in the urban
informal settlements of Korogocho and Viwandani in Nairobi.
JHPIEGO will introduce interventions
based on APHRC study findings around high-risk groups.
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