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Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed reports that in response to "criticism it received in the internal peer review of its forthcoming doctoral program rankings," the National Research Council intends to change its methodologies "in a few key places." Namely, the proposed changes "are likely to divide the main ranking of each program into two separate rankings — one based on explicit faculty determinations of which criteria matter in given disciplines, and one based on implicit criteria," Jaschik reports.

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