Monday, February 27, 2012

Virtual Geography Convention 2012: Changes in Geography Programs in the United States

Welcome to the 2012 Virtual Geography Convention!  If you have a presentation or blog post you wished published please contact me at catholicgauze [at] gmail [dot] com!

Justin Holman, CEO of TerraSeer and blogger at Geographical Perspectives, has a follow-up to his post of the top twenty geography doctoral programs.  In the chart below he compares how schools' scores changed from 1995 to 2005.  In short, the geography departments in the United States were not static but evolving in a fight or die struggle.  Others, like that of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, were the seen of civil wars between human, physical, and GIS geographers which often resulted in schism.

Program
1995 Rank
2010 Rank
Change
Boston University
27
1
+26
University of Maryland College Park
29
3
+26
University of Oregon
28
6
+22
Oregon State University
33
18
+15
University of Colorado
12
2
+10
University of Kentucky
20
15
+5
Univ of California-Los Angeles
8
4
+4
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
31
27
+4
Arizona State University
15
12
+3
University of Cincinnati
36
33
+3
Clark University
9
7
+2
U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
16
14
+2
University of Arizona
19
17
+2
University of Georgia
21
21
0
U of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
22
25
-3
Pennsylvania State University
1
5
-4
Univ of California-Santa Barbara
4
9
-5
Ohio State University
5
11
-6
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2
10
-8
State Univ of New York-Buffalo
11
20
-9
University of Iowa
17
26
-9
Indiana University
25
35
-10
University of Utah
34
45
-11
Kent State University
35
46
-11
University of Kansas
26
38
-12
Syracuse University
6
19
-13
University of Hawaii at Manoa
30
43
-13
University of Washington
10
24
-14
University of California-Berkeley
6
22
-16
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
32
48
-16
University of Florida
24
42
-18
Rutgers State Univ-New Brunswick
13
34
-21
Louisiana State U & A&M College
18
41
-23
University of Texas at Austin
14
39
-25
University of Minnesota
3
37
-34

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