U.S. News & World Report already has started work on the upcoming edition of America's Best Graduate Schools rankings that are to be published at the end of March 2008.
What's new this time? For the next edition, our plan is to do new peer assessment-only rankings in occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work, audiology, speech-language pathology, computer science, mathematics, physics, public affairs, public policy and public administration, clinical psychology, and the fine arts.
We work on the grad school rankings throughout the year and receive regular feedback and suggestions. We also consult with organizations such as the American Society of Engineering Education, the MBA Career Services Council, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts on the fine arts. These consultations range from methodological issues to the creation of our universe of schools.
During July through September, we update the peer assessment surveys, working with our contractor Synovate. The peer assessment surveys are mailed in October. They have roughly eight weeks in the field, with a second survey mailing halfway to those who haven't yet responded.
The statistical survey data collection for business, law, engineering, medicine, and education begins in mid-October and runs through early January on a U.S. News website. America's Best Graduate Schools launches online at http://www.usnews.com at the end of March, and the guidebook is available in early April.