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# Top doctoral programs in English

In a recent post, I showed an easy way to boil down the difficult new National Research Council doctoral rankings into a simple top-to-bottom list.

The NRC ranked doctoral programs for the first time in 15 years. Because of the oversimplification implicit in a ranking, the raters chose to rank each program two different ways -- and to present each ranking as a range of numbers. Fairer to all involved, but the resulting data spew undoubtedly left some mathematically challenged scholars befuddled.

I explained, in the earlier post, that a bunch of smart doctoral folk figured out a fairly easy way to condense the data into an old-fashioned ordinal list.

(Here, again, is how to do it: You compute the average of the numbers that represent the high and low end of the statistical range for each of the two rankings. Add those numbers, and divide by two. The result is a single number that weighs each of the two rankings equally. Then, you rank the programs from the lowest number the highest.)

I generated a ranking of political science programs in the previous post. And I invited readers to e-mail me if they wanted to see any other programs ranked.

A request came in for two more rankings: English and education.

English programs are ranked below. (I stopped at 35.) I could not find education among the 62 fields ranked by the NRC.

Local institutions are marked in boldface.

Top doctoral programs in English language and literature:

1. HARVARD UNIVERSITY
2. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
3. STANFORD UNIVERSITY
4. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
5. YALE UNIVERSITY
6. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
7. VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
8. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
10. CORNELL UNIVERSITY
11. BROWN UNIVERSITY
12. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
13. PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
14. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
15. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES
16. CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK GRAD. CENTER
17. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
18. NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
19. RUTGERS THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
20. DUKE UNIVERSITY
21. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY
22. BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
23. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
24. UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
25. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
26. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA COLUMBIA
27. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SANTA BARBARA
28. UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
29. UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
30. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-RIVERSIDE
31. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
32. EMORY UNIVERSITY
33. INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT BLOOMINGTON
34. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
35. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

By Daniel de Vise  | October 6, 2010; 6:07 PM ET
Categories:  Graduate education, Pedagogy, Rankings  | Tags:  JHU doctoral rankings, NRC rankings, PHD rankings, UMD doctoral rankings, UVA doctoral rankings, doctoral rankings
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Can someone post the "criteria" used to evaluate these programs? Thanks

Posted by: fsg2118 | October 8, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

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