The UI has been making a lot of people's lists lately. The National Research Council, an independent organization chartered by Congress, listed the UI among the top 20 schools with the highest-quality doctoral programs. Results of the council's four-year study were released Sept. 13. In the NRC report, 10 programs were ranked in the top 10: materials science, civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, computer science, physics, psychology and anthropology. Just this week, in its "best values" rankings, U.S. News & World Report magazine rated the UI No. 1 on its list of national universities considered to be the most "efficient." The magazine's best-value rankings measure schools using two yardsticks: quality and cost. The "efficiency" rating applies to "institutions that rank highest in academic quality in relation to what they spend per student on educational programs." Only those schools that finished in the top half of the magazine's quality rankings of national universities and liberal arts colleges - published in the earlier Sept. 18 issue - are considered for the best-value rankings. A number of UI undergraduate programs were judged among the nation's best in the previous week's rankings. The College of Engineering was rated third best, with individual departments within the college receiving high marks as well. The departments of civil engineering and environmental engineering were ranked No. 1, while computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and materials science all ranked in the top five. The UI College of Commerce and Business Administration was ranked seventh in U.S. News & World Report's survey of undergraduate business schools. Within that college, the department of accountancy was ranked first, and the department of finance, fifth. The latest round of rankings comes on the heels of Money magazine's inclusion of the UI among the nation's top 10 schools with the best "higher-education value." The UI was rated No. 9 in that ranking, published Sept. 5 in the magazine's special edition, "Money Guide: Your Best College Buys Now."