He also notes that the sixth place rating for the Department of Geological Sciences reflects the considerable effort and progress that has been made in that department.
Reputations change far more slowly than facts, DArms says.
We may be carrying unfortunate baggage from the past when actual situations have changed very dramatically. I know chemistry, biology and physics are considerably stronger than these ratings suggest, DArms adds. When magazines ask people around the country to rate a U-M program, respondents will go with old reputations if they havent been actively involved in the changes, according to DArms.
He says universities will be able to look at news magazine ranking efforts in a more objective light when the results of the National Research Council (NRC) survey on 40 disciplines come out in late 1994 or early 1995. It will be more telling to compare the results of the NRC survey with results from the last NRC survey conducted in the 1980s, according to DArms.
The NRC is an arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
The National Research Council will be academe monitoring and rating itself, DArms says.