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North Texas Grad Schools Score Well

Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical School scored the highest rank in the state for medical schools, according to U.S. News and World Report. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more on Texas graduate schools the magazine rated among the nation’s best.

U.S. News and World Report’s list of the nation’s best graduate schools - out yesterday - ranked UT Southwestern Medical School 20th for research and 21st for primary care.

The school’s Provost and Dean, Greg Fitz, says it’s rewarding and a lot of fun having the staff and resources to do so well.

Fitz: It’s fantastic, honestly, to be able to compete at this level. One of the categories where we were ranked highly was in research in schools of medicine. And that’s very much a team sport. It takes very basic science as well as clinical science and the interest in putting that into patient care to make it better.

Fitz says the school’s high rank is nice, but the real beneficiaries are the students and patients who experience direct pay-offs from advances in research. Other north Texas graduate schools scored well too, including SMU, UT Arlington, and UT Dallas that ranked 77th nationally in engineering and 37th in business. Hasan Pirkul is the business school’s Dean.

Pirkul: There isn’t a single magic bullet if you will, it’s just perseverance, hard work and stick-to-it year after year.

Pirkul says UT Dallas’s business school national rank was not a surprise. He said for the past seven or eight years it has rated well in the magazine, getting a little better each year.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.