Assessing Research-Doctorate Programs: A Methodology Study

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How should we assess and present information about the quality of research-doctorate programs? In recommending that the 1995 NRC rankings in Assessing the Quality of Research-Doctorate Programs: Continuity and Change be updated as soon as possible, this study presents an improved approach to doctoral program assessment which will be useful to administrators, faculty, and others with an interest in improving the education of Ph.D.s in the United States. It reviews the methodology of the 1995 NRC rankings and ...
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Overview

How should we assess and present information about the quality of research-doctorate programs? In recommending that the 1995 NRC rankings in Assessing the Quality of Research-Doctorate Programs: Continuity and Change be updated as soon as possible, this study presents an improved approach to doctoral program assessment which will be useful to administrators, faculty, and others with an interest in improving the education of Ph.D.s in the United States. It reviews the methodology of the 1995 NRC rankings and recommends changes, including the collection of new data about Ph.D. students, additional data about faculty, and new techniques to present data on the qualitative assessment of doctoral program reputation. It also recommends revision of the taxonomy of fields from that used in the 1995 rankings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309090582
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 9
2 How the Study Was Conducted 15
3 Taxonomy 19
4 Quantitative Measures 25
5 Student Education and Outcomes 31
6 Reputation and Data Presentation 35
7 General Conclusions and Recommendations 61
8 References 65
App. A Biographical Sketches: Committee and Panels 69
App. B Program-Initiation Consultation with Organizations 79
App. C Meetings and Participants 83
App. D Sample Questionnaires 105
App. E Taxonomy of Fields and Their Subfields 129
App. F Fields for Ph.D.s Granted During 1996-2001 133
App. G Technical and Statistical Techniques 137
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