By J. P. Ostriker, Charlotte V. Kuh, James A. Voytuk, National Research Council (U.S.). Committee to Examine the Methodology for the Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs
How should still we verify and current information regarding the standard of research-doctorate courses? In recommending that the 1995 NRC ratings in "Assessing the standard of Research-Doctorate courses: Continuity and alter" be up to date once attainable, this research provides a more robust method of doctoral software review, to be able to be beneficial to directors, school, and others with an curiosity in bettering the schooling of Ph.Ds within the usa. It stories the method of the 1995 NRC ratings and recommends alterations, together with the gathering of latest info approximately Ph.D. scholars, extra information approximately school, and new concepts to offer info at the qualitative review of doctoral application recognition. It additionally recommends revision of the taxonomy of fields from that utilized in the 1995 scores.
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These fields include social work, public policy, nursing, public health, business, architecture, criminology, kinesiology, and education. This exclusion is not intended to imply that highquality research is not conducted in these fields. Rather, in those areas in which research is properly devoted to improving practice, evaluation of such research requires a more nuanced approach than evaluation of scholarly reputation 21 TAXONOMY TABLE 3-1 Taxonomy Comparison—1995 Study and Current Committee Major Fields 1995 Taxonomy 2005 Taxonomy Biological Sciences Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Life Sciences Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology Molecular Biology Developmental Biology Cell Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Microbiology Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Immunology and Infectious Disease Neuroscience and Neurobiology Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Environmental Health Physiology Plant Sciences Food Science and Food Engineering Nutrition Entomology Animal Sciences Emerging Fields Biotechnology Systems Biology Cell and Developmental Biology Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Molecular and General Genetics Neurosciences Pharmacology Physiology Engineering Aerospace Engineering Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering Industrial Engineering Materials Science Mechanical Engineering Physical Sciences Astrophysics and Astronomy Chemistry Computer Science Geosciences Mathematics Oceanography Physics Statistics/Biostatistics Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering Aerospace Engineering Biomedical Engineering Biological and Agricultural Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Operations Research, Systems Engineering, and Industrial Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering Astrophysics and Astronomy Chemistry Computer and Information Science Earth Sciences Mathematics Applied Mathematics Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, and Metereology Physics Statistics and Probability Emerging Fields Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Information Science continues 22 ASSESSING RESEARCH-DOCTORATE PROGRAMS TABLE 3-1 Contiunued Major Fields 1995 Taxonomy 2005 Taxonomy Arts and Humanities Arts and Humanities American Studies History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology Classics Comparative Literature English Language and Literature French Language and Literature German Language and Literature History (Linguistics listed under Social and Behavioral Sciences) Music Philosophy Religion Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature Theatre and Performance Studies Global Area Studies Emerging Fields: Race, Ethnicity, and Post-Colonial Studies Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Film Studies Art History Classics Comparative Literature English Language and Literature French Language and Literature German Language and Literature (History listed under Social and Behavioral Sciences) Linguistics Music Philosophy Religion Spanish Language and Literature Social and Behavioral Sciences Anthropology Economics Geography History (Linguistics listed under Arts and Humanities) Political Science Psychology Sociology alone.
The Committee also learned that more precise definitions are needed to guide respondents. For example, when asking for data about “first-year doctoral students” a distinction may be needed about whether the students have a master’s in the field. Care needs to be taken not to include terminal master’s students, and precise definitions of “full-time” and “parttime” should be included. The Committee learned the following from the questionnaire responses: Institutional Questionnaire. • Library expenditures: Not all institutions separate e-media expenditures from print expenditures.
Appropriate use of data on fellowships, awards, and honors. • Appropriate measures of research infrastructure, such as space, library facilities, and computing facilities. • Collection and uses of demographic data on faculty and students. • Characteristics of the graduate educational environment, such as graduate student support, completion rates, time to degree, and attrition. • Measures of scholarly productivity in the arts and humanities. • Other quantitative measures and new data sources.
Assessing research-doctorate programs: a methodology study by J. P. Ostriker, Charlotte V. Kuh, James A. Voytuk, National Research Council (U.S.). Committee to Examine the Methodology for the Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs