Paxton P, Bollen KA "Perceived quality and methodology in graduate department ratings: Sociology, political science, and economics" Sociology of Education 76(1):71-88 January 2003
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Author(s): Paxton, P; Bollen, KA
Title: Perceived quality and methodology in graduate department ratings:
Sociology, political science, and economics
Source: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, 76 (1): 71-88 JAN 2003
Document Type: Article
Abstract: Graduate department ratings help to shape the power and privilege
of a graduate department at its home university, as well as with respect to
other departments in its discipline. Ideally, such ratings would reflect the
perceived quality of a department. Yet frequent critiques suggest that the
ratings fall far short of this ideal. The authors analyzed subjective
ratings in three related disciplines-sociology, political science, and
economics-and from two rating sources: the National Research Council and
U.S. News and World Report. They hypothesized three major components to the
ratings: (1) perceived departmental quality, (2) systematic error owing to
the method of data collection, and (3) random measurement error. Using
structural equation modeling, they found that 20 percent to 30 percent of
the variation in ratings derives from systematic error, most of the rest
comes from perceived quality, and the smallest component is random
measurement error. The authors also found that variables, such as citations
per capita, departmental size, public/private status, and geographic
location, influence ratings through their impact on perceived quality and/or
the systematic errors that enter the ratings.
Addresses: Ohio State Univ, Dept Sociol, Columbus, OH 43210 USA; Univ N
Carolina, Dept Sociol, Howard W Odum Inst Res Social Sci, Chapel Hill, NC
Reprint Address: Paxton, P, Ohio State Univ, Dept Sociol, 300 Bricker
Hall,190 North Oval, Columbus, OH 43210 USA.
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