Long-awaited National Research Council (NRC) assessment to be released next Tuesday

Sharon Dunwoody, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education, has just announced that the NRC assessment of research-doctorate programs at UW-Madison and 212 other institutions will be released in one week.    Because the NRC assessments are likely to be of interest to a broader cross-section of the campus community, the announcement is reproduced here in its entirety for the convenience of S&W readers.

Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:31:12 -0500

From: “Sharon Dunwoody, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Subject: National Research Council (NRC) Assessment News

This message is being sent to Department Chairs, Graduate Program Chairs, Program Administrators, NRC Coordinators and Graduate Coordinators

The long awaited NRC data-based assessment of research-doctorate programs is scheduled for public release at noon on Tuesday, September 28. The report will contain data on characteristics and ranges of rankings for more than 5000 programs at 212 institutions nationwide.

Eighty-six UW-Madison programs have been evaluated in the current study and the NRC has provided ratings for 78 UW-Madison programs (to see if your program participated in the assessment please check this list).

The data, gathered in 2006, are different from and are being utilized differently than data in the 1995 NRC assessment. Programs will be rated and ranked in the current analysis, both in terms of characteristics of programs related to doctoral training and in terms of reputation.

Programs in the study will receive a range of “illustrative” ratings and rankings. For more detailed information about the assessment rankings and the upcoming release see the NRC Web site.

The Graduate School will hold two informational sessions for programs following the data release:

  • Monday, October 4, 2:30-3:30 pm, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, 425 Henry Mall
  • Tuesday, October 5, 1:00 — 2:00 pm, Tong Auditorium  (room 1003),  Engineering Centers Building

You can access the NRC report, as well as all data used for the analysis, at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/Resdoc/index.htm after noon on Tuesday, September 28.

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