Memo from Dean Maureen Grasso

Faculty Tip Sheet for the National Research Council Study of Research Doctorates Faculty Questionnaire

Participation in the National Research Council Survey of Research Doctorates will help UGA document its strength in graduate research programs and identify benchmarks of progress toward research excellence. UGA will participate in this third NRC study, with data being gathered in 2006-2007 and results shared in 2007. The most recent NRC study was reported in 1994-1995.

Dr. Maureen Grasso, dean of the Graduate School and the institutional contact for the assessment project has established an advisory committee of faculty from colleges that are home to the 53 eligible doctoral programs and from UGA’s Institutional Research office. Dr. Karen Bauer, director of the Office of Institutional Research, will coordinate the information and data collection activities and work with the advisory committee on institutional protocol and promoting completion of the project. Cross-campus collaboration on this project is essential to provide accurate and complete information about doctoral study at UGA.

Importance of the study

NRC will rank programs

UGA Advisory Committee

Participating UGA Programs


Questionnaire completion:  Who Does What?

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Purpose of the Study

From Maureen Grasso, Dean of the Graduate School and NRC Institutional Contact: “Participation in the NRC study is essential as UGA strives to compete with other major research institutions in scholarship, research and the recruitment of top doctoral students. I believe that with full response from the faculty and selected students, UGA will show tremendous advancement in the quality of our programs since the last study was completed in 1995. Further, we will have access to an online database of the results reported in 2008, which will be helpful in future years as we measure the growth of our programs.”

From the National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone’s invitation of participation to college and university presidents: 
“The National Research Council, which conducted assessments of doctoral programs in 1983 and 1995, proposes to conduct a new study, the purposes of which are to:

  • Help universities improve their doctoral programs through benchmarking.
  • Expand the talent pool through accessible information, easily available to potential doctoral students, about doctoral programs.
  • Benefit the nation’s research capacity by improving the quality of doctoral programs and their students.

This study will be a marked departure from earlier studies…[It] will gather information about a large number of quantitative variables that are related to:

  • Scholarly productivity of program faculty
  • Effectiveness of doctoral education
  • Research resources
  • Demographic characteristics of students and faculty
  • Resources available to doctoral students
  • Characteristics of the doctoral program

These data, collected under uniform definitions, will be used to construct a large web-resident database for about sixty fields of study, thus permitting comparisons of programs within a university and across universities.  The database will be constructed so that it can be updated regularly.”

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