The University of the Incarnate Word retained the No. 64 spot in Nursing and the Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) earned the No. 80 spot among pharmacy schools in the 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News and World Report.

“UIW has been preparing outstanding nursing leaders for nearly a century,” said Dr. Kathi Light, provost and former dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. “We are pleased to be recognized once again for the excellent quality of our graduate programs, the faculty, and the clinical leaders we prepare.”

This was the first year that the FSOP has been recognized.

“Although the Feik School of Pharmacy is considered a ‘new school’, we are pleased to be recognized by potential and current students, employers, and the public for the quality of our graduates,” said Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of the FSOP.

UIW was also recognized for Virtual University Programs in the first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News and World Report. UIW earned the No. 3 spot among Teaching Practice and Student Engagement, and the No. 8 spot among Faculty Credentials and Training.

Online bachelor’s degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education, and computer information technology were ranked.

These rankings were created in response to today’s high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. With many distractions to detract from one’s schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility.

“We are very proud the Virtual University has been recognized for this honor,” said Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, vice president for Extended Academic Programs. “We strive to deliver quality degree programs with strong curriculum, credentialed and experienced faculty, with customer service that can’t be beat.”