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OHIO’s George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service further climbs national graduate school rankings

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service continued to strengthen its national reputation in leadership and public affairs education by ranking 57th in U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of top public affairs graduate schools for 2023-2024.

U.S. News previously ranked the Voinovich School 62nd in 2022-2023 and 64th in 2021-2022.

All U.S. News “Best Graduate Schools” rankings are based on two types of data, including feedback and opinions from various peer institutions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

“Our college’s steady rise in national rankings exemplifies the Voinovich School’s strong public service mission and further underscores our commitment to working with communities to implement solutions that make meaningful, lasting impacts on Ohioans’ health, livelihood and well-being,” said Dr. Mark Weinberg, founding dean of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service.

Ohio University’s Voinovich School is a shining example of the college public-private partnership model in Ohio and one of the best public service schools in America in terms of the scope and range of community-based impacts. Originally founded and directed by Weinberg, the school has grown immensely under his leadership alongside the talent, dedication and work of its faculty, professionals, students, partners and alumni. Additionally, the School continues to garner a strong reputation as a catalyst for economic growth and opportunity, health and child and family wellbeing, social impact and sustainability, leadership and community building.

Since its inception, the Voinovich School has proved that making a lasting, meaningful impact across the state can take many forms, from engaging in partnerships that have created nearly $5 billion in economic activity for the region and state since 2015 to help improve Ohio’s energy, water, air, and land systems through a combination of research, collaboration, and community education.

Beyond Ohio, the Voinovich School is also making an impact through its involvement and participation in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the global standard in public education with more than 300 institutional member schools across the nation and world.

“The Voinovich School is proud to partner with our peers in the NASPAA to deliver the annual Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge pitch competition, which enables our faculty and staff to share exciting new ideas in teaching, community engagement, research and administration and receive opportunities to further develop their ideas with the help of financial support,” said Associate Dean, Professor and Master of Public Administration program director Jason Jolley.  “Together, the NASPAA is working to highlight the innovative practices of other highly regarded public affairs schools to help elevate our collective mission for public service and teaching.”

Academically, the school offers several graduate degrees that are educating and inspiring tomorrow’s workforce, including:

The Voinovich School is also a founding member of the Ohio University Health Collaborative, a groundbreaking partnership with OHIO’s College of Health Sciences and Professions and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, that is combining a variety of disciplines, departments, agencies, non-profits and government entities across the state of Ohio to better understand and solve the complex challenges that are impacting community health across the region.

U.S. News & World Report’s methodology for compiling rankings for business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing programs consisted of statistical surveys from 2,214 programs and reputation surveys sent to approximately 6,300 academics and 12,690 professionals that were conducted in fall 2022 and early 2023. Programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and health were based solely on ratings from academic experts.

April 25, 2023
Staff reports