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Last modified: Friday, October 1, 2010

IU Jacobs School's Musicology Department ranked among best in nation

Oct. 1, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Musicology Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music was recognized as among the best in the United States in the Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs released Tuesday (Sept. 28) by the National Research Council (NRC).

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The Jacobs Musicology Department ranks between first and eighth overall in the rankings of 63 academic programs in music (performance was not ranked), based on 21 measures of quality.

The department is ranked particularly well in number of awards per faculty member (almost four for each), percentage of interdisciplinary faculty (almost half have adjunct appointments in other departments), number of publications per faculty member, percentage of students who complete the degree, percentage of Ph.D. graduates who obtain academic jobs and percentage of minority and women faculty.

"We are very proud to receive this recognition for the quality of our Musicology program," said Distinguished Professor J. Peter Burkholder, chair of the department. "This testifies to the hard work of our devoted faculty and to the achievements of our students. We appreciate the strong support of the Jacobs School."

The study examined more than 5,000 doctoral programs in 59 fields of study at 121 universities. The NRC conducted similar studies in 1983 and 1995.

For each program, the study includes data on faculty publications, citations and awards, student financial support and progress to degree, and faculty and student diversity.

Data were collected from public sources and through questionnaires administered in 2006. The study does not identify "best programs," as its expert advisory committee decided that no single criteria or set of criteria captures the wide variety of different interests that apply to doctoral education. Instead, it includes a range of rankings for each program, with 90 percent certainty that the program falls within that range.

It also uses two methodologies, producing different sets of rankings. "S" rankings are based on a survey of all faculty about which criteria are most important. "R" rankings are derived from surveys of a sample of faculty about the relative strength of programs in their field.

The musicology program in the Jacobs School of Music ranked between first and eighth in the R rankings and between third and eighth in the S rankings in "music (not performance)."

The assessment also provides "dimensional" rankings of programs according to faculty research productivity, student support and outcomes, and diversity and academic environment.

The complete rankings are available at

The NRC is part of the National Academies, a nonprofit institution that provides science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter.

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