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The National Research Council (NRC) has just published its long-awaited report evaluating over 5,000 doctoral programs in 62 fields at 212 universities in the United States. The prestigious NRC reports are prepared every 10-15 years and are widely considered to be the most thorough and rigorous evaluations of U.S. PhD programs.
It is noteworthy that UCSB was ranked #14 in the 1995 NRC report and was not even ranked in the 1982 report, due to our small number of PhD graduates. Thus our department’s meteoric rise from unranked to 2nd place in 28 years is truly extraordinary, and without precedent. The credit for this remarkable achievement belongs to past and present generations of faculty, staff and students. Special credit is due to the faculty members who founded our department in the mid-1960s; to our department chairs and vice chairs for their inspired leadership; and to the campus administrators for their strong support over the past 25 years.