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APPENDIX A LETTER TO INSTITUTIONAL COORDINATE COMMITTEE ON AN ASSESSMENT OF QUALITY-RELATED CHARACTERISTICS OF RESEARCH-DOCTORATE PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES Established by the Conference Board of Associated Research Councils Office of the Staff Director / National Researctr Council / 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. / Washington, D.C. 20418 (202) 389-6552 December 5, 1980 Dear We are pleased to learn that you have been designated to coordinate the efforts of your institution in assisting our com- mittee with an assessment of the characteristics and effective- ness of research-doctorate programs in U.S. universities. A prospectus describing the goals and procedures for this study has already been distributed to university presidents and graduate deans. The cooperation of universities and their faculties is essential for the assessment to be carried out in an objective and accurate fashion. The study is being conducted under the aegis of the Confer- ence Board of Associated Research Councils and is housed adminis- tratively within the National Research Council. Financial support has been provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. The study will examine more than 2,600 programs in 31 fields in the physical sciences, engineer- ing, life sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Approxi- mately 10,000 faculty members will be asked to evaluate programs in their own fields. In addition to the reputational evaluations by faculty, information will be compiled from national data banks on the achievements of both the faculty involved in each program and the program graduates. a series of reports with descriptive data on institutional programs in each of 31 fields to be covered. These reports will present several different measures of the quality-related characteristics of each program being evaluated. Some of the measures will be adjusted for program size. With the cooperation of your institution and that of other universities, we plan to produce these reports by late spring of 1982. At that time the detailed data that have The product of this study will be COMMITTEE MEMBERS Marcus Alexis Winfred P. Lehmann Kumar PateI Robert M. Bock Saunders Mac Lane Michael J. Pelczar, Jr. Lyle V. Jones, Co-Chairman Philip E. Converse Nancy S. Milburn Jerome B. Schneewind Gardner Lindzey, Co-Chairman James H. M. Henderson Lincoln E. Moses Duane C. Spriestersbach Paul A. Albrecht Ernest S. Kuh James C. Olson Harriet A. Zuckerman 147

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148 been compiled on research-doctorate programs within your institution will be made available to you for a nominal cost. These data should prove to be quite valuable for an assessment of the particular strengths and weaknesses of individual programs at your institution. For the past three months the committee has deliberated over what fields are to be covered in the study and which programs within each field are to be evaluated. The financial resources available limit us to an assessment of approximately 2,600 programs in 31 fields. The fields to be included have been determined on the basis of the total number of doctorates awarded by U.S. universities during the FY1976-78 period and the feasi- bility of identifying and evaluating comparable programs in a particular field. Within each of the 31 fields, programs which awarded more than a specified number of doctorates during the period have been designated for inclusion in the study. For each of the programs at your institution that are to be evaluated, we ask that you furnish the names and ranks of all faculty members who participate significantly in education toward the research doctorate, along with some basic information (as indicated) about the program itself. A set of instructions and a computer-printed roster (organized by field) are enclosed. In addition, you are given an opportunity to nominate other programs at your institution that are not on the roster, but that you believe have significant distinction and should be included in our evaluation. Any program you nominate must belong in one of the 31 fields covered by the study. The information supplied by your institution will be used for two purposes. First, a sample of the faculty members identified with each program will be selected to evaluate research-doctorate programs in their fields at other universities. The selection will be made in such a way as to ensure that all institutional programs and faculty ranks are adequately represented in each field category. Secondly, a list of names of faculty and some of the program information you supply will be provided to evaluators selected from other institutions. Thus, it is important that you provide accurate and up-to-date information. You may wish to ask department chairmen or other appropriate persons at your institu- tion to assist in providing the information requested. If you do so, we ask that your office coordinate the effort by collecting the information on each program and sending a single package to us in the envelope provided. We hope that you will be able to complete this request by December 15. Should you have any questions regarding our request, please call (collect) Porter Coggeshall, the study director, at (202)389-6552. Thank you for your help in this effort. Sincerely, L./. Lyle V. Jones Co-Chairman ~ Gardner Lindzey Co-Chairman

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149 INSTRUCTIONS General Instructions Provided on the first page of the accompanying roster is a list of the 31 program fields to be covered in this study. Those program fields for which you are requested to furnish infor- mation have been designated with an asterisk (*). For every designated field there is a separate set of roster pages. Please provide all of the information requested on these pages. If your institution offers more than one research-doctorate program in a designated field, we ask that you copy the roster pages furnished for that field category and provide a separate set of information for each program. For example, if . your university offers one doctoral program in statistics and another in biostatistics, these should be listed separately. For this purpose, programs offered by different departments (or other administative units) that are advertised as distinct programs in your catalogues would be listed separately. Do not consider different specialty areas within a department to be separate programs. If your institution currently does not offer a research- doctorate program in an asterisked field or if, in your judgment, a doctoral program offered fails to fit the designated field category, please so indicate on the roster pages provided for that field. List of Faculty Members (as of December 1 1980) , _ On each program roster please provide the names of faculty members who participate significantly in doctoral education. Included should be individuals who (a) are members of the regular academic faculty (typically holding the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor) and (b) regularly teach doctoral students and/or serve on doctoral committees. Members of the faculty who are currently on leave of absence but meet the above criteria should be included. Visiting faculty members should not be included. Emeritus or adjunct faculty members (or faculty with other comparable ranks) should also be excluded unless they currently participate significantly in doctoral education. Members of the faculty who participate significantly in doctoral education in more than one program should be listed on the roster for each program in which they participate.

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150 In many instances the list of faculty for a program may be identical to an institutional list of graduate faculty. Faculty names should be provided in the form in which they are most likely to be recognized by colleagues in the field. We prefer that, within each academic rank, you list faculty alphabetically by last name. Nomination of Faculty to Serve as Program Evaluators _ (Column 3 of Faculty Roster) Please check the names of at least two faculty members in each academic rank within each program who would be available and, in your opinion, well-qualified to evaluate research-doctorate programs in their field. A sample of evaluators will be selected from the list of faculty you provide for each program. In selecting evaluators preference will be given to those whose names you have checked. If no names are checked, a random sample will be selected from the faculty list. Faculty Who Do Not Hold Ph.D. Degrees From U.S. Universities (Column 4 of Faculty Roster) In order to help us match the faculty names you provide with records in the Doctorate Records File "maintained by the National Research Council), we ask that you identify those faculty members who do not hold a Ph.D. or equivalent research- doctorate from a university in the United States. This information will be used only for the purposes of collating records and will not be released to those who are selected to evaluate your institution's programs. Nor will this information affect in any way the selection of program evaluators from your institution's faculty. Nominatio_ of Additional Programs_ We recognize the possibility that we may have omitted one or more research-doctorate programs at your institution that belong to (non-asterisked) fields listed on the first page of the roster and that you believe should be included in this study. The last two pages of the accompanying roster are provided for the nomination of an additional program. You are asked to provide the names of faculty and other information about each program you nominate. Should you decide to nominate more than one program, it will be necessary to make additional copies of these two pages of the roster. Please restrict your nominations to programs in your institu- tion that you consider to be of uncommon distinction and that have awarded no fewer than two doctorates during the past two years. _ Only programs which fall under one of the 31 field categories listed on the first page of the accompanying roster will be considered for inclusion in the study.

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151 FIELDS INCLUDED 1N THE STUOY ~B.~_~_~HAbl1155 * ART HI STORY ~ CLASS ICS * ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND L ITERATURE * FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LI TERATURE * (iERMAN LA~GLAGE A~ LI TESATUP . . L I NGU I ST I C S MU S I C * PHIl OSCPHY * SPANISH ANC PORTUGUESE LaNGUAGE ANC LIlERATURE . . . .. . . . . ~L_L~ IENCES * BICHEMISTRY BnTANY ( INCLUDING PLANT PHYSICLOGY, PLAN'T PATHCLOGY, YYCOLCGY) * CELLULAR BICLOGY/MOLECULAR BICLGGY * MICROBIOLOGY (INCLUDING IMMUNCLOGY, BACTERIOLOGY, PARASITCLOGY, VIROLCGY) PHYSIOLOGY (ANIMAL, HUMAN) _} QCL ~ G Y .. . . .. _ _ . .. .. _.... _ ..... . _ .. , .. . ... . .. .. . . .. . . . .. _ .. ........ PLEASE RETURN CCMPLETED RESTER IN ThE ENCLCSEO ENVELEPE TF: CCMMITTEE ON AN ASSESSMENT OF QUAL I TY-REL PIID ChARACT~5 CF RE SEARCH-CCCTCPATE PRCGRAMS NAT IONAL RESEARCH CCUNCIL. 1H711 2101 CONSJITUTIGN AVENUE, N.W. WASHI NGTON, D.C. 2C4 18 ENG INE~ $ CHEM ICAL ENG INEER I NG * CIVIL ENGINEER ING * ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING * HCHAlLILAL~.~EER1 ~ ...... ... _ P HY S. ~ C A L ~ C]~5 * CH EM I STR Y * f 0 MP UT E R SC I EN C E S * GECSCIENCES (INCLUDING GEOLOGY, GECCHFMISTRY, GEOPHYSICS, GENL EARTH SCI) * MATHFMA] ~ ~ ~ _ __ _ _ _ . _ _. . .. . _ * PHYSICS (EXCLUDING ASTRONCHY, ASTPCPHYSICS) STATISTICS (INCLUDING BICSTATISTICS) sac lAL AND fEtA4QBIL_~ EN`ES * ANTHROPOLOGY * FEnNGM Tc,5.._.._ ._.. ... . ... , _ ,_._, . . * HI STORY * POLITICAL SCIENCE * PSYCHOLOGY * SO C I G LOGY * DESIGNATES FIELDS FOR WHICh YCU ARE RECUESTEC 10 PROVICE INFERNATICN ON RESEARCH-DQCTORATE PROGRAMS IN YOUR INSTITUTION. {SEE INSTRUCTION SHEET REGARDING NOMINATION OF ADCITIONAL PROGRAMS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE STUCY ) .

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152 ****~*~*~********~*~*~*~************** *** PART A *** ***********~****~*~*~**~*~*****~*~************** PLEASE ANShER EACH OF THE FCLLChING CUESTICNS ABCUT THE RESEARC - OOCTORATE PRCGRAM IN l t] WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE OEPARTNENT ~ GR ECUIV,LENT ACADEMIC UN! T} IN hHICh THI S RESEARCHCOCTORATE PRCGRAN IS CFFERED ? _ .. .. .... .. .. , . . _ . ... . . . ._ . . . _ . . .. _ . .... . . _ . . . . . . . _ __ . ~- ( 2) HOW MANY PH.D. 'S (OR EQUIVALENT RESEARCH-DCClORATES) HAVE BEEN AWARDED IN THE PROGRAN IN EACH OF THE LAST FIVE ACADEPIC YEARS ? 1975-76 19?6-77, , , ,, ,,,,,,, ,,,, _, ~, ..... 1977-78 1 9 78- 7 9 19 79-80 . .. .. . . _ . . .. .. . . . .. . .... (3} APPROXIMATELY HOh MANY FULL-TINE AKD PART-TIFE GRACUATE STUDENTS ENRCLLEC IN THE PROGRAM AT THE PRESENT TIME ( FALL 1$80} INTEN0 TO EARh DOCTORATES .. _ . _ .. .. _ . . _ . . _.. . . .... .. _ . ... . _ .. . _ _ . _ _ _ ..... _ . _ . ~ . _ ..... . _ .. . . . . . .. . . . . _ _. .. .. .. _ . ... . .. _ ... . _- FULL-T IME STUDENT S PART-T IME STUDENTS TOTA L .. ... _ . __ _ .. ...... . _. _ (4) IN APPRCXIMATELY WHAT YEAR HAS THI S RESEARCH-D0CT0RATE PROGRAM INITIATEC ? IF PRCGRAM hAS OISC0NTINUEO AbC SUBSEQUENTLY REINSTATED, PLEASE GIVE YEAR IT HAS REI NSTATED ) . . . . . . . . . . ... .. . . .. . . . ... .. . . . . . .. ..

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153 ****~**~*~*******~**.*** **********~*****~***~**** *** _ PART B *$* **************~*~**~*$*~**~*~*********~******** ( 1 ~ _ ( 2 ) ( 3 ) . _ ~_ ~ 4 } , _ _ .. ~ IST BELCH A~ _Ed`~l lY~dQ iNC ICATE THE ACA- ChECK eE' OH AT CHECK BELOW ANY e6BIICiEM~Sl6~l~gh~Y_~h DEMIC RANK Cf EACH LEAST 2 FACULTY FACuLTy ,h,HQ DO ~Q0IQ~L_EDULAIlCh IN THIS fACULTY MEMBER IN fACt RANK FOLO A PH.D. OR PROGRAM (SEE INSTRUCTIONS , (PRCE., ASSOC. AVAILABLE AND CTHER RESEARC,,~, SHEET}. PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE PROf., ASST. PRCE., WELLQUALIFIED OCCTORATE FROM A ~ES_IN . ,~OlLOWlNG fQ,,RMAT.,, . ,_. E .TC ,.} ,. , , CThER PRCGR'AMS'' ~ ~.~sSutl~ THE EXAMPLE: MARY A. JONES , (SEE INSTRUC 1NSTRU-CT ~Q~S _ ,,, A-. B. SMITH. JR. TIONS SHEET) . ~HEET). _ , . . , , _ . . , 07 O ~ c.4 _ _ _ _. _ . ... . . 0.5 06 ( ) 1 ~ ) Q,8 ~S ~ _ . _ , ... . 11 12 1 ~ ,_ _ _,_,. _ ~ .. ._. 14 1 ~ 1 ~ _.,. . _ . . . _ _ , 17 18 2,0 ( ) .... _ _ _- ( ) . ' .. ~ ~ I PAR] Q CONT INUED ON NXT PAC ) ...1. ( ~ ( ) 1 .. .. _ ._ _ . . ~ ~ . .,1,, .} ~ t ~ .... , ,, ,,,L.] ~ 1 . ... _~ 1_ ._ l ~ . .,__ .L l _ _ _. _ ~ ) . . , ., 1 ~ .~- l ~ . . ,. I, . ~ .~ , l I.~ ,. _ ., _ ~ 1- l ~ . , ~ ( ) .