UConn English Doctoral Program’s Stellar NRC Ranking
From Veronica Makowsky, Professor of English
I am happy to be the bearer of truly stellar tidings! According to the National Research Council rankings, our English doctoral program is one of the top five at UConn. We are the best public in the Northeast. And, what is most impressive, our doctoral program is one of the most highly ranked in the country, outranking schools like all the U of Californias, NYU, and even UVA.
We thank our wonderful faculty for these ratings, but reserve particularly hearty and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Jean Marsden who, when she was Director of Graduate Studies, did the thorough collection of this data that earned us these rankings.
R Ranking: 19/55
S Ranking: 7/35
Research Activity 8/29
Here is the way The Chronicle of Higher Education explains these numbers (9/26/10): “S-rankings are derived by comparing individual programs’ characteristics with the characteristics that scholars in the field say that they value. For example, if political scientists say that citation rates are the most important measure of a program’s quality, programs that have high citation rates will do well in the S-rankings game. R-rankings are derived by comparing individual programs’ characteristics to faculty members’ opinions of a sample of programs in their field. For example, if political scientists say that Harvard, Wisconsin, and Berkeley are the three strongest programs in their field, the programs that are objectively similar to those three will do well in the R-rankings game . . . . The political-science program at Hypothetical University might be told that it has an R-ranking of 12-36, meaning that we can say with 90 percent confidence that its ‘true’ position is somewhere between 12th-best and 36-best in the country. Its S- ranking, meanwhile, is 14-23, meaning that we are 90 percent certain that its true position under this kind of analysis is somewhere between 14-best and 23rd-best in the country.” The data was collected in 2006-2007, but the NRC believes that there is probably little change in the past few years since they found faculty turnover over time remarkably low.
For more information, you may consult the report itself at http://www.nap.edu/rdp/
The Chronicle of Higher Education has analysis, FAQ’s, and an ingenious interactive program by which you can compare our department with other departments. The interactive tool may be found at: http:// chronicle.com/page/NRC-Rankings/321/