Computer Scientists Cry Foul Over Data Problems in NRC Rankings

This past spring, the Computing Research Association did what no other scholarly organization managed to do: It persuaded the National Research Council to use a customized methodology when it evaluated the field's doctoral programs. But now that the rankings are out, computer scientists are crying foul, claiming that even the revised method is rife with errors.

In March, the NRC was nearing the completion of its mammoth attempt to assess more than 5,000 university programs in 62