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The University of Washington participated in the 2006 data
collection for the National
Research Council (NRC) assessment of research-doctorate programs. The NRC conducted its last assessment of doctoral programs in 1995 and has revised its methods substantially for 2006. The assessment will provide benchmarking data on graduate programs throughout the United States and will result in ratings of graduate program quality. The data will be published in an online, searchable database available to the public.
The NRC assessment requires the collection of specific data from the institution, academic programs, faculty members, and graduate students. Data will be collected throughout 2006 through questionnaires developed for each of these constituencies. The Graduate School is serving as Institutional Coordinator for this project, and will assist departments in their responses. The Office of Institutional Studies and the UW Data Warehouse are also assisting in the data tabulation.
NRC will administer four surveys; institutional, program, faculty, and admitted to candidacy students.
How NRC Data Were Gathered and Reviewed by Departments
Four separate questionnaires in the NRC Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs targeted students, faculty, research doctoral programs, and students admitted to candidacy. After a series of postponements from NRC, the UW Graduate School gathered completed research doctoral program questionnaires in February – March 2007 online via the UW MyGrad Program. Responses to the three other questionnaires were gathered directly by the NRC. For a detailed timeline about data collection, see UW Data Collection Timeline.
The program questionnaire was completed jointly by the Graduate School (which contributed “pre-filled answers” to questions) and by departments.
Departments Reviewed and Verified Data Before Submission
Before the Graduate School submitted any program questionnaire response data to the NRC, all participating departments were invited to review and change their own program data and faculty lists however they deemed necessary. Departments had full access and a large role to review and verify these data, and could change any pre-filled answers to program questionnaires. As an important part of this pre-submission process, the Graduate School provided customized technical support, as needed and requested.
For the three other questionnaires (students, faculty, and students admitted to candidacy), the Graduate School has no information about which individuals responded, or any details of their responses.
UW Data Collection Timeline
|April 11, 2007
NRC began sending email invitations for the Student Questionnaire today.
Only doctoral candidates in English,
Economics, Physics, Neurobiology and Behavior, and Chemical Engineering
are being invited to participate. Here is a
sample of the Web-based questionnaire. As with the NRC Faculty
Questionnaire, email invitations from NRC will be followed-up in the
next few days with paper invitations mailed to the student's
departmental box. Also as with the Faculty Questionnaire, the
Graduate School will not have any information on which specific students
have responded and the details of their responses.
|Mar. 7, 2007
An email sent yesterday by the NRC to faculty who have completed the Faculty
Questionnaire was somewhat misleading. The text (below) indicated
that the NRC would no longer be contacting the respondent and this has led
some faculty to ask whether this means they had not been selected as a
rater. This is not true. Raters will be selected in late
March or early April.
We have received your completed
questionnaire and would like to thank you for participating in
the 2006 NRC Assessment. Although we will no longer be
contacting you, you might still continue to receive reminders
from your institution, since they know how many questionnaires
have been completed, but not by whom.
Thank you again for your patience,
diligence and perseverance.
|Feb. 21, 2007
The deadline for completing the Faculty Questionnaire and being
considered for selection as a program rater is 9:00AM EST, Friday,
|Jan. 31, 2007
NRC has extended the deadline to Feb 22 for the receipt of Faculty
Questionnaires for faculty who wish to be eligible for the rater sample.
The Program Questionnaire deadline has been extended to Feb. 8.
All UW programs have submitted their Program Questionnaires to the
Graduate School (THANK YOU!). This extension will provide more
time for checking those responses in the Graduate School and working
with programs to address issues before uploading to NRC on Feb. 8th.
|Jan. 22, 2007
NRC Will begin sending emails to UW core and new faculty in NRC programs
this week to invite them to participate in the Faculty Questionnaire.
A tip-sheet for faculty is available on this
|Jan. 8, 2007
Questionnaire is available for use in MyGradProgram. The
deadline for submitting completed Program Questionnaires is January 26,
|Jan. 5, 2007
The Program Questionnaire should be ready to complete in MyGradProgram
by Monday, January 8th. An announcement will be made as soon as it
is ready. The deadline for UW programs to complete the Program
Questionnaire in MyGradProgram has been extended to January 26, 2007.
|Dec. 5, 2006
NRC has extended the deadline for completing the Program Questionnaire
to February 1, 2006. The deadline for participating UW
programs to complete the Program
Questionnaire in MyGradProgram will be January 15, 2007.
Participating programs should review the
Program Questionnaire sample
now to facilitate completion of the questionnaire in MyGradProgram when
it is available.
|Dec. 4, 2006
Notes on completing the Program
Questionnaire in MyGradProgram, compiled by the Graduate School.
|Nov. 15, 2006
Here is John Mobley's presentation
outline from the Program Questionnaire workshops that were held
on Nov. 15th.
|Nov. 13, 2006
Revised Program Questionnaire with
check marks adjacent to questions which Graduate School plans to
pre-populate. The word "LIST" appears adjacent to doctoral
student financial support sections where the Graduate School will not
pre-populate numbers but will provide underlying lists for guidance.
Note that the Graduate School will not attempt to pre-populate the
section on postdoctoral scholars.
|Nov. 9, 2006
Graduate School will host two workshops on the Program Questionnaire on
Wednesday, Nov. 15, for participating program faculty and staff.
For info email
|Nov. 3, 2006
NRC pushes back Program Questionnaire deadline to Jan 15 (Jan 1 for UW
programs to submit to Graduate School).
|Oct. 24, 2006
Reminder: Deadline for submission of faculty lists through MyGradProgram
is Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006.
|Oct. 20, 2006
NRC posts heavily revised "Summary
of Clarifications and FAQs"
|Oct. 8, 2006
Notes on the Identification of UW
|Oct. 4, 2006
and issues from the September regional meetings
|Sept. 26, 2006
UW programs submitted to
NRC by the Graduate School
|Sept. 21, 2006
Program Questionnaire with check
marks adjacent to questions which Graduate School plans to pre-populate
|Sept. 13, 2006
NRC Detailed Procedures and Timeline
|Aug. 31, 2006
||Dean Ortega will outline NRC assessment procedures at the Graduate
Program Coordinator retreat on Sept. 22nd. The Graduate School
will follow-up with one or more workshops for GPCs and GPAs
|Aug. 28, 2006
||Email sent from Provost Wise to Deans, Directors, and Chairs
|Aug. 14, 2006
||Application submitted by Graduate School to UW Human Subjects for
|Aug. 2, 2006
||John Drew and Joan Abe ask Graduate Program Assistants to help
identify doctoral cohorts
|June 28, 2006
||Dean Ortega asks chairs to confirm program assignments to NRC
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