USF Shines in Review of Graduate Programs

The National Research Council review report stemmed from data up until 2005-2006.

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2010) -- A comprehensive review of the nation's graduate programs shows that the University of South Florida made notable progress by the year 2005, a time when many of USF's graduate programs were in the middle of a steep growth curve. The National Research Council today released its "2010 Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States." The review studied 5,000 doctoral programs in 62 disciplines at 212 universities, using data up to 2005-2006.

"High quality graduate programs, such as those found at USF, are the core of a research university," said Karen D. Liller, Dean of the USF Graduate School, and Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation. "Presently at USF diversity among our graduate students is nearly 30 percent and our indicators of graduate student success, such as time to degree, are excellent.’’


In USF's own review of this large data-set, every USF graduate program placed in the middle or upper third of the programs reviewed in at least one category.


Click here to see the USF analysis and more information on the graduate programs.


Notably, in the 2005-2006 data-set:


-  Psychology and Computer Science Engineering were ranked within the upper third of all programs in the discipline with respect to research activity.

-  Chemistry, Philosophy, Medical Sciences and Marine Science were ranked within the middle third of all programs in the discipline with respect to research activity.


“I have no doubt that USF would do much better in rankings based on 2010 data,’’ Dr. Liller said. "Clearly, the 2005 rankings were in the middle of a substantial growth curve in graduate programs at USF. We can show that rankings taken today would be significantly better, and that we are on course with our strategic plan. Today, almost a quarter – nearly 10,000 - of all the students across the USF System are in graduate programs, with over 60 percent of our doctoral students pursuing their degrees full-time.”

The NRC rankings were derived from administrator, faculty, and student responses from nearly 5,000 doctoral programs. Data were weighted both independently of and dependent on participating doctoral programs.  In 2005-2006, many of USF's programs were too new, or hadn't graduated enough students to be ranked. In this study, 20 of USF's 43 doctoral programs were ranked.  Others, such as doctoral programs from the College of Education were excluded as a decision of the NRC for all schools.

Click here for the NRC's announcement.


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