Draft report suggests reclassifying oceanography in research rankings



A draft report by the National Research Council (NRC) that proposes a new accounting system for doctoral research programs would group oceanography among other geosciences, and would cease listing it individually.

The proposal is a suggestion of a committee charged with revising the methodology used to assess doctoral research programs; their report is the first stage of an effort to rearrange the fields used for ranking and evaluating Ph.D granting programs in U.S. graduate schools. The first decadal report was completed in 1995, and is used, for example, by ranking systems such as the well-known list published annually by U.S. News and World Report.