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University of Georgia doctoral programs place high in National Research CouncilReport
Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia doctoral programs place high in the NationalResearch Council’s third assessment of doctoral research program released Tuesday.The latest report identifies six UGA doctoral programs that are among the best in thecountry. Food Science is one of the top 11 programs in its field. Public Administration,Exercise Science and Forest Resources are among the top 12 programs in each of theirfields. Plant Biology is one of the top 20 programs and Mass Communication is amongthe top 24 programs in their respective fieldsThe NRC’s report, “A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in theUnited States,” provides an in-depth look at doctoral programs over a period of time.Using advanced statistical methods to analyze a number of program characteristics, theNRC placed programs within a range relative to other doctoral programs in the study.“This is indeed good news for the University of Georgia and the state as a whole,” saidUGA President Michael F. Adams. “High-quality graduate education and research areimportant functions of a flagship university. The 21st century is an age of advancededucation and competitive, market-based research, and the economic benefits to Georgiaof a strong and vibrant graduate program at UGA cannot be overstated.”Maureen Grasso, dean of the UGA Graduate School, said, “The National ResearchCouncil’s report speaks to the high quality of the University of Georgia’s doctoralprograms. It confirms what we already know – we have outstanding programs across ouruniversity. Our doctoral research programs are a strategic asset for Georgia.”The NRC study aims to create a common benchmark for doctoral research programs andprovide universities with information on how to improve their own programs. Aftercollecting data in 2006 and 2007, the NRC carefully developed its statistical methodsover three years to ensure the data’s validity.The study incorporates variables pertaining to research activity, program diversity andstudent support services.
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