Here is another make your own ranking webpage created at PhDs.org. It uses National Research Council generated data as well as public data. The details get a little hairy. My purpose is to get some insight into a university and a program interest in supporting and learning how well their students are doing after they graduate. Assuming that these programs follow their university internal guidelines one set of derived ranking data would be very revealing. That calculated ranking data is Student Support and Outcomes. The key word is outcomes. Within that calculated ranking is one piece of information which directly pertains to a university’s commitment to getting feedback about how their programs are doing. That piece of data is called “Program Collects Outcomes Data” ( 1 for yes, -1 for no ).
Of course simply stating that your program collects outcomes data is one thing. Actually focusing on getting quality data, analyzing it in a thoughtful manner with a group of professors and industry representatives and acting to improve student outcomes is another. In this particular case there is also the uncertainty as to whether the undergraduate program collects outcomes data. There are five variables used to create this ranking. Each variable is weighted based on the survey results of 50 faculty in the Biomedical Engineering field. Please note that there is no description of how these faculty have been chosen. There is no information about the criteria each of them use to rank the variables. However, this is the only data that I have seen that provides an outcomes data field so far. I will keep on looking for an undergraduate specific public report.
Given the caveat above listed below are the top ten of 74 Biomedical Engineering PhD programs based solely on “Student Support and Outcomes” ranking criteria of 5 and no other criteria. If the ranking of the 50 professors is accurate then these universities may also provide similar support to their undergraduates.
Top Ten Student Support and Outcomes
|Thomas Jefferson University Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine|
|Oregon Health & Science University Biomedical Engineering|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering|
|Rice University Bioengineering|
|University of Utah Bioengineering|
|Emory University Biomedical Engineering|
|Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Biomedical Engineering|
|Purdue University-Main Campus Biomedical Engineering|
|University of Arizona Biomedical Engineering|
|Cleveland State University Engineering (Chemical and Applied Biomedical Engineering)|