University of Rhode Island ranks in the bottom tier for library studies, study finds

University of Rhode Island finished in the bottom six in a ranking of best library and information studies programs by U.S. News that examined 51 campuses around the nation.

The Kingston school’s peer assessment score was not published. The study ranked master’s degree programs using peer assessment questionnaires to rate programs’ academic quality on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being marginal and 5 being outstanding.

Deans, directors and senior faculty members provided the assessment information.

Schools with scores of less than 2.0 in the assessment are listed in alphabetical order at the bottom of the list. U.S. News calculated the numerical rank for these programs but did not publish the information for editorial reasons.

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Top College Library and Information Studies Programs

RankSchoolCityPeer Assessment Score
1University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign Champaign4.7
2University of Washington Seattle4.6
3University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill4.5
4Syracuse UniversitySyracuse, N.Y.4.4
5 (tie)University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor4.3
5 (tie)University of Texas-Austin Austin4.3
7Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyNew Brunswick4.2
8University of Maryland-College Park College Park4.1
9Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington4.0
10University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh3.8
11Drexel University Philadelphia3.7
12 (tie)Florida State UniversityTallahassee3.6
12 (tie)Simmons CollegeBoston3.6
14 (tie)University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles3.4
14 (tie)University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison3.4
14 (tie)University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee3.4
17University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleKnoxville3.2
18University of South CarolinaColumbia3.1
19Kent State University Kent, Ohio3.0
20 (tie)University of KentuckyLexington2.9
20 (tie)University of North TexasDenton2.9
22 (tie)University at Albany-SUNY Albany, N.Y.2.7
22 (tie)University at Buffalo-SUNY Buffalo, N.Y.2.7
22 (tie)University of ArizonaTucson2.7
22 (tie)University of Missouri Columbia2.7
22 (tie)University of North Carolina-GreensboroGreensboro2.7
22 (tie)Wayne State UniversityDetroit2.7
28 (tie)University of AlabamaTuscaloosa2.6
28 (tie)University of Hawaii-ManoaHonolulu2.6
28 (tie)University of OklahomaNorman2.6
28 (tie)University of South FloridaTampa2.6
32 (tie)The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C.2.5
32 (tie)University of IowaIowa City2.5
34 (tie)Pratt InstituteNew York2.4
34 (tie)San Jose State UniversitySan Jose2.4
34 (tie)Texas Woman's UniversityDenton2.4
37 (tie)Dominican UniversityRiver Forest, Ill.2.3
37 (tie)Louisiana State University-Baton RougeBaton Rouge2.3
37 (tie)North Carolina Central UniversityDurham2.3
40 (tie)CUNY-Queens CollegeQueens, N.Y.2.1
40 (tie)St. John's University Queens, N.Y.2.1
40 (tie)University of Denver Denver2.1
43 (tie)East Carolina UniversityGreenville, N.C.2.0
43 (tie)LIU PostBrookville, N.Y.2.0
43 (tie)St. Catherine University St. Paul, Minn.2.0
UnpublishedClarion University of PennsylvaniaClarionN/A
UnpublishedEmporia State UniversityEmporia, Kan.N/A
UnpublishedUniversity of Puerto RicoSan JuanN/A
UnpublishedUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonN/A
UnpublishedUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburgN/A
UnpublishedValdosta State UniversityValdosta, Ga.N/A
Source: U.S. News

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