Education: Who's Best at What?

The endless contention over strengths and weaknesses in the nation's universities now has some systematic facts and figures to go on. This week the American Council on Education published the most exhaustive assessment yet made of graduate education in the U.S. All of the expected prestige names turn up at the top, but the study is nonetheless full of fascinating comparisons and subtle superiorities.

The report confines itself to rating the graduate departments in 29 academic disciplines at the 106 universities that turn out the most graduate degrees. Yet its author, Allan Cartter, a...

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