Inside Higher Ed has an interesting piece on the just-released National Research Council report ranking doctoral programs across the U.S. Among other things, the report is criticized for the 4-5 year time lag in producing it, its confusing methodologies, inaccuracies in data, and its disciplinary approach (which is ill-suited for evaluating interdisciplinary programs like the one I teach in).

Among the report’s more interesting general findings are the following. (Remember that the data covers doctoral research programs over the period from the early 1990s to 2005-6.)

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