Assessment and Rankings Efforts: The Effect on Institutional and Program-Level Change

This dissertation considers the effects of national rankings, specifically the 2010 National Research Council (NRC)'s Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs, on higher education institutions' behavior. National research studies of graduate education require significant resources and data, yet it is uncertain how universities make substantive, transformational changes based on participation in such quality rankings studies or their results. The dissertation provides quantitative survey results complemented by qualitative case studies to describe responses and various institutional changes...
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