Higher Education: Professors / Departments
University professors and departments are drawing accolades.
The National Research Council released a report last year that ranks more than 5,000 university doctoral programs in 62 academic fields at 212 universities. The rankings, based on data collected during the 2005-06 academic year, take into account numerous factors, including faculty publications, grants and awards, as well as student GRE scores, financial support, the time it takes to complete the program and employment outcomes for graduates. Other criteria considered: Faculty and student diversity, annual Ph.Ds graduated and student workspace. From there, the council ranked programs by range within a particular specialty.
For example, the University of Florida's doctoral program in entomology and nematology ranked 8-23 among 28 comparable programs nationwide. Here's a look at range-rankings of some other programs at Florida schools:
- University of Central Florida, optics engineering: 6-18 out of 136
- University of Florida, food science and human nutrition: 7-25 out of 31
- University of Florida, aerospace engineering: 13-25 out of 31
- University of South Florida, computer science and engineering: 14-60 out of 128
- Florida International University, chemistry: 19-78 out of 180
- University of South Florida, nursing: 21-36 out of 55
- Florida International University, physics: 24-90 out of 162
- University of Miami, epidemiology: 25-71 out of 92
- University of Miami, electrical and computer engineering: 27-75 out of 136