Monday, March 7, 2011

NRC Plans to Release Revised Doctoral-Program Rankings Soon

By David Glenn
March 6, 2011

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

The National Research Council will "shortly" release a revised version of its enormous database on American doctoral education, the project's leaders said here Friday during a conference on the past and future of doctoral-program assessment. In at least a few cases, the officials said, the revisions will significantly change certain programs' rankings.

After the NRC's long-delayed report was released last September, scholars in some fields—notably computer science —said they saw serious errors in the data.

In response to such concerns, the NRC invited programs to formally submit any problems or mistakes they had detected. Of the nearly 5,000 programs in the study, 453 submitted such letters before the November deadline, said the project's staff director, Charlotte V. Kuh, during Friday's meeting.

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