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A Rating of Graduate Programs


reviewed by A. Stephen Higgins 1972

coverTitle: A Rating of Graduate Programs
Author(s): Kenneth D. Roose, Charles J. Anderson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Comparisons among our universities are an everyday process. Whether it is desirable or not, evaluations are being made by faculty, by graduate students, by federal agencies, and foundations, among others. Assessments may be based on reasoned judgment, on piecemeal reviews, or on nothing more than superficial impressions, often lacking supporting quantitative and qualitative data. Given the quantity and diverse quality of our institutions, it is inevitable that questions of prestige and reputation will arise. Numerous "reflectors" of these elusive attributes can be found: accreditation, the success of an institution's graduates, its faculty's attainments—fellowships, research awards, publications. These reflectors are often considered to be objective standards; however, on closer inspection, they are subjective assessments once removed, qualitative opinions derived from quantitative data. In the process of accreditation, or the measurement of success, or the achievements of the faculty, objectivity is the cry; but, ultimately, the measurement is subjective, even if based upon... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 1, 1972, p. 115-116
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1558, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 12:29:25 AM

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