I’ve now received a grand total of 11 completed surveys. I still need a lot more to achieve some sort of reasonable sample size so please take the survey. In the meantime, here are some preliminary results.
The top 5 Geography Departments as submitted by survey participants are (drum roll please):
- UC Santa Barbara
- Penn State
- Arizona State
- Ohio State
These are not terribly consistent with the NRC-based rankings. Penn State and Colorado make the top 5 in both lists (so far) but there are major differences, for example Maryland (#2 NRC) isn’t even in the top 10 at this point.
Which top 5 list makes more sense to you? And if your favorite departments aren’t where they should be take the survey so your votes can count.