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A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States (with CD) (2011)

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Correlation of the Median R and S Rankings by Broad Field." National Research Council. 2011. A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States (with CD). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12994.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Correlation of the Median R and S Rankings by Broad Field." National Research Council. 2011. A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States (with CD). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12994.
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Appendix G Correlation of the Median R and S Rankings by Broad Field Correlation of median R and Fields by Broad Field S-ranking Agricultural Sciences Animal Sciences 0.548 Entomology 0.818 Food Science 0.801 Forestry and Forest Sciences 0.750 Nutrition 0.792 Plant Sciences 0.853 Biological and Health Sciences Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology 0.886 Cell and Developmental Biology 0.857 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 0.786 Genetics and Genomics 0.846 Immunology and Infectious Disease 0.795 Biology/Integrated Biology/Integrated Biomedical Sciences 0.904 Kinesiology 0.811 Microbiology 0.841 Neuroscience and Neurobiology 0.836 Nursing 0.891 Pharmacology, Toxicology and Environmental Health 0.644 Physiology 0.866 Public Health 0.853 Engineering Aerospace Engineering 0.833 Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 0.891 Chemical Engineering 0.875 Civil and Environmental Engineering 0.677 Electrical and Computer Engineering 0.842 Materials Science and Engineering 0.779 Mechanical Engineering 0.748 Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering 0.858 Humanities American Studies 0.844 History of Art, Architecture and Archaeology 0.842 Classics 0.879 Comparative Literature 0.659 English Language and Literature 0.780 French and Francophone Language and Literature 0.543 German Language and Literature 0.314 History 0.828 Music (except performance) 0.835 Philosophy 0.733 Religion 0.731 279

280 APPENDIX G Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature 0.542 Theatre and Performance Studies 0.757 Correlation of median R and Fields by Broad Field S-ranking Physical Sciences Applied Mathematics 0.853 Astrophysics and Astronomy 0.774 Chemistry 0.863 Computer Sciences 0.889 Earth Sciences 0.877 Mathematics 0.935 Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 0.863 Physics 0.842 Statistics and Probability 0.765 Social and Behavioral Sciences Agricultural and Resource Economics 0.764 Anthropology 0.771 Communication 0.789 Economics 0.844 Geography 0.713 Linguistics 0.579 Political Science 0.819 Psychology 0.958 Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration 0.783 Sociology 0.570

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A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States provides an unparalleled dataset that can be used to assess the quality and effectiveness of doctoral programs based on measures important to faculty, students, administrators, funders, and other stakeholders.

The data, collected for the 2005-2006 academic year from more than 5,000 doctoral programs at 212 universities, covers 62 fields. Included for each program are such characteristics as faculty publications, grants, and awards; student GRE scores, financial support, and employment outcomes; and program size, time to degree, and faculty composition. Measures of faculty and student diversity are also included.

The book features analysis of selected findings across six broad fields: agricultural sciences, biological and health sciences, engineering, physical and mathematical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities, as well as a discussion of trends in doctoral education since the last assessment in 1995, and suggested uses of the data . It also includes a detailed explanation of the methodology used to collect data and calculate ranges of illustrative rankings.

Included with the book is a comprehensive CD-ROM with a data table in Microsoft Excel. In addition to data on the characteristics of individual programs, the data table contains illustrative ranges of rankings for each program, as well as ranges of rankings for three dimensions of program quality: (1) research activity, (2) student support and outcomes, and (3) diversity of the academic environment.

As an aid to users, the data table is offered with demonstrations of some Microsoft Excel features that may enhance the usability of the spreadsheet, such as hiding and unhiding columns, copying and pasting columns to a new worksheet, and filtering and sorting data. Also provided with the data table are a set of scenarios that show how typical users may want to extract data from the spreadsheet.

PhDs.org, an independent website not affiliated with the National Research Council, incorporated data from the research-doctorate assessment into its Graduate School Guide. Users of the Guide can choose the weights assigned to the program characteristics measured by the National Research Council and others, and rank graduate programs according to their own priorities.

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