National Research Council (NRC) Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs
NRC at Illinois (Urbana campus)
On September 28, 2010, the National Research Council (NRC) released it third assessment of research doctorate programs in the U.S. This assessment is designed to help institutions improve the quality of their programs, help potential students identify the university that best fits their needs, and make information about doctoral programs at U.S. institutions more transparent to the public. It offers an unprecedented collection of data on more than 5,000 doctoral programs in 62 fields at 212 universities in the U.S. Illinois (Urbana campus) provided data for 65 programs and 58 of them were ranked. The data underlying this study refer to academic year 2005-06. To date, this is the most comprehensive survey of doctoral programs available.
Revised Data Table released April 21, 2011
NRC released a revised Excel Data Table for the NRC Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States on April 21, 2011, including a summary of changes for each program.
NRC's revisions were made in response to communications and queries received since the first Data Table was released on September 28, 2010. At that time, the NRC agreed to follow up on queries it received from participating institutions.
In the course of this process, the NRC discovered four substantive errors affecting the following variables: Average Citations per Publication, Awards per Allocated Faculty Member, Percent with Academic Plans, Percent of First-Year Students with Full Financial Support. These have been corrected and incorporated into re-calculated rankings. Read more about the revisions made by the NRC.
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