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A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States, 2005-2006

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
  • National Academy of Sciences. National Research Council
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Free Keywords
college faculty; doctoral degrees; doctoral programs; education; educational assessment; graduate schools; graduate students; higher education; universities
  • Abstract

    The data, collected for the 2005-2006 academic year from more than 5,000 doctoral programs at 212 universities, covers 62 fields of study. Included for each program are such characteristics as faculty publications, grants, and awards; student GRE scores, financial support, and employment outcomes; and program size, time to complete degree, and faculty composition. Measures of faculty and student diversity are also included.
  • Abstract

    Data was collected to assess the quality and effectiveness of doctoral programs based on measures important to faculty, students, administrators, funders, and other stakeholders. The dataset enables university faculty, administrators, and funders to compare, evaluate, and improve programs, while prospective students can use the data to help identify programs best suited to their needs.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Institutional Questionnaire Data
    • DS2: Program Questionnaire Data
    • DS3: Student Questionnaire Data
    • DS4: Faculty Questionnaire Data
    • DS5: Program List Data
    • DS6: Rankings Data
    • DS7: Emerging Fields Data
    • DS8: IPEDS Codes Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 2005 / 2006
    Time period: 2005--2006
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Research doctoral institutions in the United States.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire

2013-01-04 Updates were made to Parts 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 to add value and variables labels that were missing in the first release. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Science Foundation. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34318 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34318.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

National Academy of Sciences. National Research Council (2012): A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States, 2005-2006. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.