Thursday, January 11, 2007

New University Rankings

This may be slightly off-topic, but the Chronicle of Higher Education just came out with new university and department rankings that are already debated quite passionately on a number of blogs. The validity of the rankings, of course, is questionable at best, given the simple citation-based approach. But in a very self-serving fashion I thought it was still worth sharing, since Wisconsin comes in 4th among all mass comm programs, and 14th among research universities, ahead of NYU, Stanford and Cornell.

The article:
http://www.academicanalytics.com/CHEArticle1-07.pdf

Top research universities:
http://chronicle.com/weekly/v53/i19/19a00801.htm

Top mass comm programs:
http://chronicle.com/stats/productivity/page.php?primary=10&secondary=80&bycat=Go

All ranked Wisconsin programs:
http://chronicle.com/stats/productivity/page.php?institution=39&byinst=Go

Update:
See also Matthew Nisbet's post on the issue over at Framing Science, and Academic Analytics' description of the methodology underlying the 2005 rankings.

1 comments:

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