By Social Science Research Council, National Research Council, American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Sciences, Committee on an Assessment of Quality-Related Characteristics of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States

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In Chapter IX a number of factors that may possibly affect the survey results are examined. 16 As might be expected, the smaller and less prestigious programs were not as well known, and for this reason one might have less confidence in the average ratings of these programs. For all four survey measures, standard errors of the mean ratings are reported; they tend to be larger for the lesser known programs. The frequency of response to each of the survey items is discussed in Chapter IX. Two additional comments should be made regarding the survey activity.

METHODOLOGY 29 This point may be especially important for those programs with faculty members whose research is at the intersection of several different disciplines. The reader should be aware of two additional caveats with regard to the interpretation of measures 15 and 16. First, both measures are based on counts of published articles and do not include books. Since in the mathematical and physical sciences most scholarly contributions are published as journal articles, this may not be a serious limitation.

3 (listed in order of highest to lowest mean rating). 3 in Chapter II. pp. 29–31 for a discussion of the interpretation of mean ratings and associated confidence intervals. About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

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