An Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States

An Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States

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The quality of doctoral-level chemistry (N=145), computer science (N=58), geoscience (N=91), mathematics (N=115), physics (N=123), and statistics/biostatistics (N=64) programs at United States universities was assessed, using 16 measures. These measures focused on variables related to: program size; characteristics of graduates; reputational factors (scholarly quality of faculty, effectiveness of programs in educating research scholars/scientists, improvement in program quality during the last 5 years); university library size; research support; and publication records. Chapter I discusses prior attempts to assess quality in graduate education, development of the study plans, and the selection of disciplines and programs to be evaluated. Chapter II discusses the methodology used, focusing on each of the assessment measures. Chapters III to VIII present, respectively, findings from the analyses of the chemistry, computer science, geoscience, mathematics, physics, and statistics/biostatistics programs. Chapter IX includes a summary of results, correlations among measures, several additional analyses, and suggestions for future studies. Among the findings reported are those indicating that mathematics programs had, on the average, the largest number of faculty (N=33) in December 1980 followed closely by physics (N=28) and chemistry (N=23), and that 80 percent of computer science students had job commitments by graduation. (Survey instruments and supporting documentation are included in appendices.) (JN)Montana State University-Bozeman Chemistry 082. ... Oregon State University- Corvallis Chemistry TABLE 3.1 Program Measures (Raw and Standardized Values) in ... 120. Southern California, University of Chemistry * indicates program wasanbsp;...

Title:An Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States
Author:Committee on an Assessment of Quality-Related Characteristics of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States
Publisher:National Academies - 1982-01-01


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