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National Research Council Rankings

  • Gathered data about 21 criteria (e.g., faculty citation rates, grants, awards, time-to-degree) for over 5000 doctoral programs
  • Data from 2000-2006, rankings originally released 2010, updated 2011
  • No single rank-ordered list because the National Research Council felt this would imply an unrealistic level of precision
  • For each type of ranking, used statistical methods to calculate a high rank and a low rank such that with 90% confidence, the "true" rank falls within the high and low ranks

 

S-Rank
Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that faculty say are most important to program quality (i.e., don't ask faculty to rate programs directly, instead ask them which criteria are important to program quality and then rank programs based on the actual data for those criteria).

R-Rank
Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs that faculty rate highly (i.e., ask faculty to rate programs directly, then rank programs based on the similarity of their data to the data of highly rated programs).

Research Rank
Rank based on faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.