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:

Top research universities:

Top mass comm programs:

All ranked Wisconsin programs:

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


The Best University said...

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