September 29, 2010

NRC unveils assessment of doctoral programs, including 31 from Case Western Reserve

On Tuesday, the National Research Council released its data-based assessment of U.S. doctoral programs. The results of the assessment, based on surveys from 2006 and 2007, have been long awaited and are derived from an in-depth and complex methodology.

In its official release, the NRC said it expects the rankings will be useful as stakeholders, such as faculty, administrators and prospective students, attempt to assess the quality and effectiveness of doctoral programs across the country.

“This report provides a wealth of information regarding doctoral programs across the United States,” says W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III, Case Western Reserve University provost and executive vice president. “We will use this data to assess the strengths of our own programs and identify areas where we should target improvement efforts.”

The assessment covers programs in 61 fields at 222 institutions. Thirty-one programs at Case Western Reserve met the criteria for the study and were included in the assessment.

The report does not provide a definitive ranking for each program. Rather, it includes ranges of rankings in four areas: overall quality, research activity of program faculty, student support and outcomes and diversity.

Learn about the NRC assessment and what it means for Case Western Reserve at a university-dedicated website and at the assessment’s official site.

Additionally, more information on the rankings can be found in articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Posted by: David Wilson, September 29, 2010 11:04 AM | News Topics:

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