National Research Council Ranks Liberal Arts Ph.D. Programs Among the Nation's Best

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National Research Council Ranks Liberal Arts Ph.D. Programs Among the Nation's Best

The College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State is firmly on the road to becoming a top public liberal arts college, as illustrated by the recently-released National Research Council rankings. Twelve of the thirteen programs evaluated in the report posted dramatic gains in national ratings of faculty and student productivity, with Anthropology taking the no. 1 spot, five other programs in the top 10 percent of their respective fields, and another five in the top 25 percent.

"I'm delighted to say that the outstanding work of our faculty and staff, the support of the administration, and the investments our alumni and friends have made have really paid off over the last two decades," said Dr. Susan Welch, dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. "When I arrived in 1991, President Bryce Jordan made it clear that Liberal Arts had to climb considerably if Penn State was to realize its goal of being a top public university. In the last NRC report in 1995, only two departments were ranked in the top quarter of their disciplines, but now we have eleven programs there. By any standard, we did very well." . . .

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