Something to crow about

Context: Perhaps the most demeaning rejection I received in my application process to doctoral work in philosophy came from good ole UW (where I dearly wished to go), who took great pains in their rejection letter to tell me I was less-than qualified to attend their illustrious program.

Well, here I am writing my dissertation for Purdue.

And Now the News:

November 27, 2007

Purdue doctoral programs rank in top 10

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Eleven Purdue University doctoral programs placed in the top 10 of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2007 Top Research Universities Faculty Scholar Productivity Index.

The third annual index compiled overall institutional rankings on doctoral degree programs at 375 universities. The rankings are based on measures of faculty productivity. This includes the number of published books and journal articles, as well as how often other scholars cite faculty members’ works. The number of awards and honors and the amount of grant money also is part of the criteria.

Purdue programs placed in the top 10 in the following areas:

  • Communication and communication studies, ranked second

  • Information technology/information systems, ranked second

  • Pharmacy, ranked third

  • Speech and hearing sciences, ranked third

  • Philosophy, ranked fourth

  • Computational sciences, ranked fifth

  • Horticulture, ranked fifth

  • Agronomy and crop sciences, ranked sixth

  • General engineering, ranked sixth

  • Electrical engineering, ranked 10th

  • Various programs in family and human sciences also ranked third, eighth, ninth and 10th.

The index is a collaboration between the Chronicle of Higher Education and Academic Analytics, a company owned in part by the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723,


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