David Glenn – The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26, 2010
In this article The Chronicle discusses the unveiling due later this week of the National Research Council's new assessments of U.S. doctoral programs. Unlike previous ranking systems that relied heavily on reputation surveys, this new assessment takes a fundamentally different approach by basing their rankings on a programs’ objective characteristics, including such measures as faculty citation rates and students’ median time-to-degree. The research council will present the data in the form of a gigantic Excel file that will allow users to sort programs according to whatever criteria are most interesting to them: research productivity, faculty diversity, student financial aid, and so on.
The Chronicle will be following the introduction of this new, objective, interactive approach to the ranking system and will include interactive data tools to explore the implications of the new system after its release on Tuesday.