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

Chapter: Appendix I: Count of Ranked and Unranked Programs by Field

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix I: Count of Ranked and Unranked Programs by 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 I: Count of Ranked and Unranked Programs by 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 I COUNT OF RANKED AND UNRANKED PROGRAMS BY FIELD Broad Field Field Total Total Ranked Unranked Agricultural Sciences Animal Sciences 60 1 Entomology 28 0 Food Science 31 0 Forestry and Forest Sciences 33 1 Nutrition 44 1 Plant Sciences 116 2 Agricultural Sciences Total 312 5 Biological and Health Sciences Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology 157 1 Biology/Integrated Biology/Integrated Biomedical Sciences 121 0 (Note: Use this field only if the degree field is not specialized.) Cell and Developmental Biology 122 0 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 94 0 Genetics and Genomics 65 1 Immunology and Infectious Disease 78 0 Kinesiology 41 0 Microbiology 74 0 Neuroscience and Neurobiology 94 0 Nursing 52 3 Pharmacology, Toxicology and Environmental Health 116 2 Physiology 63 0 Public Health 91 1 Biological and Health Sciences 1168 8 Total Engineering Aerospace Engineering 31 0 Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 74 0 Chemical Engineering 106 0 Civil and Environmental Engineering 130 1 Computer Engineering 0 20 Electrical and Computer Engineering 136 0 Engineering Science and Materials (not elsewhere 0 14 classified) Materials Science and Engineering 83 1 Mechanical Engineering 127 1 Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial 72 2 Engineering Engineering Total 759 39 283

284 APPENDIX I Broad Field Field Total Total Ranked Unrankedl Humanities American Studies 22 1 Classics 31 3 Comparative Literature 46 0 English Language and Literature 119 0 French and Francophone Language and Literature 43 0 German Language and Literature 29 2 History 137 1 History of Art, Architecture and Archaeology 58 0 Languages, Societies and Cultures 0 94 Music (except performance) 62 1 Philosophy 90 0 Religion 40 0 Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature 60 0 Theatre and Performance Studies 27 0 Humanities Total 764 102 Physical and Mathematical Applied Mathematics 33 1 Sciences Astrophysics and Astronomy 33 0 Chemistry 178 2 Computer Sciences 127 1 Earth Sciences 141 1 Mathematics 127 0 Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 50 0 Physics 161 1 Statistics and Probability 61 0 Physical and Mathematical Sciences Total 911 6 Social and Behavioral Sciences Agricultural and Resource Economics 28 0 Anthropology 82 0 Communication 83 0 Economics 117 1 Geography 49 0 Linguistics 52 1 Political Science 105 1 Psychology 236 1 Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration 54 0 Sociology 118 2 Social and Behavioral Sciences 924 0 Total Grand Total 4838 166

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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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