BOX 5-1Characteristics Included in the Faculty Weighting Process

CATEGORY I—Program Faculty Quality
a. Number of publications (books, articles, etc.) per faculty member
b. Number of citations per faculty member
c. Receipt of extramural grants for research
d. Involvement in interdisciplinary work
e. Racial and ethnic diversity of the program faculty
f. Gender diversity of the program faculty
g. Reception by peers of a faculty member’s work, as measured by honors and awards
CATEGORY II—Student Characteristics
a. Median GRE scores of entering students
b. Percentage of students receiving full financial support
c. Percentage of students with portable fellowships
d. Number of student publications and presentationsa
e. Racial and ethnic diversity of the student population
f. Gender diversity of the student population
g. A high percentage of international students
CATEGORY III—Program Characteristics
a. Average number of Ph.D.’s granted over the previous five years
b. Percentage of entering students who complete a doctoral degree
c. Time to degree
d. Placement of students after graduation
e. Percentage of students with individual work space
f. Percentage of health insurance premiums covered by the institution or program
g. Number of student support activities provided at either the institutional or program levelb
a

The committee initially believed this variable should be included, but later found no data to support it. It was eliminated from the calculation of weights, and the data tables in this report include 20, not 21, variables.

b

This variable is a tally of whether the following services are provided to graduate students at either the institutional or program level: orientation for new students, prizes or awards to doctoral students for teaching or research, formal training in academic integrity/ethics, travel funds to attend professional meetings, grievance and dispute resolution procedures, annual review of all enrolled doctoral students, training to improve teaching skills, institutionally supported graduate student association, information about employment outcomes of graduates, and on-campus graduate student research conference.

From: 5, Faculty Values as Reflected in the Two Illustrative Rankings

Cover of A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States
A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States.
National Research Council (US) Committee on an Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs; Ostriker JP, Kuh CV, Voytuk JA, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2011.
Copyright © 2011, National Academy of Sciences.

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