VOLUME 18 #3

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UD earns high marks for quality programs

Michele Maugn - Doctoral student
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Michele Maughan, a doctoral student in animal science, conducts research on different species’ immune responses to avian influenza.

ON THE GREEN | The University’s doctoral programs in biomechanics and movement science, chemical engineering, linguistics and cognitive science, materials science and engineering, and mathematics rank among the top graduate programs in their fields in the United States, according to the latest assessment by the National Research Council.

The assessment, released Sept. 28, uses new statistical sampling methods to present ranges of rankings, which take into account some 20 variables, from faculty productivity to graduate placement. The measures are based on data from the 2005-2006 academic year that were submitted in 2006 from 5,000 programs at 212 universities, spanning 62 fields.


All five of UD’s top-rated doctoral programs also won high scores for research activity. Several UD doctoral programs also ranked among the best in the U.S. for specific criteria. In the area of student support/outcomes, programs in chemical engineering, English, human development and family studies, oceanography, plant and soil sciences, political science and international relations, and urban affairs and public policy ranked in the top tier. In the category of diversity of the academic environment, UD’s doctoral programs in animal science, art history, biological sciences, linguistics and cognitive science, oceanography, political science and international relations, and urban affairs and public policy earned high marks nationally.

Earlier this year, UD was named among the nation’s top 100 institutions in federal obligations for science and engineering, and it was ranked globally in two different analyses of high-impact universities around the world.

In another recent survey, UD is listed as the eighth national up-and-coming university in the 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. In the standard listing of the nation’s top public universities, UD is ranked 32nd, tied with Indiana University Bloomington.

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