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Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs


In 2006-2007, the University of Pittsburgh participated in the National Research Council (NRC) assessment of research-doctorate programs. The assessment will provide benchmarking data on graduate programs throughout the United States for the purpose of helping universities to improve the quality of their doctoral programs. The NRC has conducted two previous assessments of doctoral programs in 1995 and in 1983.

The NRC has recently announced that the Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs will be released on September 28, 2010. According to the NRC, "the report will consist of a descriptive volume, and a comprehensive data table in Excel containing data on characteristics and ranges of rankings for 4838 programs in 62 fields at 212 institutions. The report will be accompanied by a 4-page report brief, a set of Frequently Asked Questions, and a revised version of the Methodology Guide."

Following the release, the data will be published in an online, searchable database available to all. Graduate students may have a special interest to review these findings to help then make decisions about which program to enter.


For more information about the NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs at the University of Pittsburgh, please contact Stephanie Hoogendoorn. For information about the NRC's Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs, please see the NRC Web site.

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