With budgets being watched, everyone is starting to look at rankings, and department spending, etc. I had the occasion to do a little work on looking at rankings the last couple of weeks, and got some great feedback from the Physics, Math, Astronomy Librarians of SLA. Thought I would share.
U.S. News and World Reports, 2011 edition is doing new peer-assessment-only rankings for Ph.D. programs in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences (geosciences), mathematics, physics, and statistics.
The last big U.S. News and World ranking of doctoral programs in the sciences are based on the results of surveys sent to academics in computer science, mathematics, and physics. It was done during the fall of 2007. It is unfortunate that the rankings do not seem to be available in any vendor databases–they are on the microfilm for U.S. News, if you know when to look. (Kind of like knowing that the new Journal of Citation Reports comes out in June!) The methodology is explained here. Response rates ranged from 21% to 48%.
AMS also publishes an annual survey: http://www.ams.org/employment/surveyreports.html
http://www.arwu.org/# 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The rankings identify the leading 500 universities around the world and are widely referenced by the global university community. Since its first release in June 2003, ARWU has generated a global following for its transparent and consistent ranking methodology.
Another source for world-view rankings: http://www.globaluniversitiesranking.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=65 (K.K.)
I will be doing a search of the literature to find more rankings systems.
Thanks to Garrett Eastman, Carol Hutchins, and Molly White.