ERIC Number: ED243673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States: Engineering.
Jones, Lyle V., Ed.; And Others
The quality of doctoral-level chemical engineering (N=79), civil engineering (N=74), electrical engineering (N=91), and mechanical engineering (N=82) programs at United States universities was assessed, using 16 measures. These measures focused on variables related to: (1) program size; (2) characteristics of graduates; (3) reputational factors (scholarly quality of faculty, effectiveness of programs in educating research scholars/scientists, improvement in program quality during the last 5 years); (4) university library size; (5) research support; and (6) publication records. Chapter I discusses prior attempts to assess quality in graduate education, development of the study plans, and the selection of disciplines and programs to be evaluated. Chapter II discusses the methodology used, focusing on each of the assessment measures. Chapters III to VI present, respectively, findings from the analyses of the chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering programs. Chapter VII includes a summary of results, correlations among measures, several additional analyses, and suggestions for future studies. Among the findings reported are those indicating that electrical engineering programs had, on the average, the largest number of faculty (N=23) in December 1980 and had graduated the most doctoral students (N=32) during fiscal years 1975-1979. (Survey instruments and supporting documentation are included in appendices.) (JN)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, College Faculty, Doctoral Degrees, Doctoral Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Quality, Engineering, Engineering Education, Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Publications, Questionnaires, Reputation, Research, Scholarship, Student Characteristics
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418 ($10.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Conference Board of Associated Research Councils.
Note: Product of the Committee on an Assessment of Quality-Related Characteristics of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States. For related documents, see SE 044 405-406, HE 015 958, and HE 015 961.