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A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States, 2005-2006 (ICPSR 34318)

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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.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Institutional Questionnaire Data - Download All Files (2.7 MB)
DS2:  Program Questionnaire Data - Download All Files (88.5 MB)
DS3:  Student Questionnaire Data - Download All Files (116.3 MB)
DS4:  Faculty Questionnaire Data - Download All Files (1,403.6 MB) large dataset
DS5:  Program List Data - Download All Files (8.6 MB)
DS6:  Rankings Data - Download All Files (18.7 MB)
DS7:  Emerging Fields Data - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
DS8:  IPEDS Codes Data - Download All Files (4.5 MB)

Study Description


National Academy of Sciences. National Research Council. A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States, 2005-2006. ICPSR34318-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-01-04. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34318.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   college faculty, doctoral degrees, doctoral programs, education, educational assessment, graduate schools, graduate students, higher education, universities

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2005--2006

Unit of Observation:   individual, academic program

Universe:   Research doctoral institutions in the United States.

Data Types:   administrative records data, survey data


Study Purpose:   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.

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:   mail questionnaire

Extent of Processing:  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.


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Version History:

  • 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.



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