Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Academic Voyeurism (or: The doctoral program rankings are released)

The doctoral program rankings are out. Check it out. Hours of fun and consternation await!


  1. Caveat emptor: One, this study has been in the works for many, many years with an original release date of 2007; two, the most complete data reported now in 2010 comes from the 2005-2006 school year; three and perhaps most distressing, the instrument itself is incredibly cumbersome. I'm sure there are more than these three flaws, but it still is fascinating to see the data from anthropology departments, especially faculty publications and citations, % of students with funding, and time to completion.

    More discusson on these issues can be found at http://chronicle.com/article/After-Years-of-Delay-NRC/65918/#comments

  2. I also find it interesting that in anthropology, books are not included in the "pubs per faculty" rating. It seems like this would penalize departments that have a large number of cultural folks.

  3. Agreed. And really, don't most programs have a relatively large (i.e. predominating) number of cultural folks? They do include books (1 book = 5 articles) for humanities, but this is definitely an issue in other social sciences as well.