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Beginning with the 1996 Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences much of the data in these reports is presented for departments divided into groups according to several characteristics, the principal one being the highest degree offered in the mathematical sciences. Doctorate-granting departments of mathematics are further subdivided according to their ranking of scholarly quality of program faculty as reported in the 1995 publication Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States: Continuity and Change,1 These rankings update those reported in a previous study published in 1982.2 Consequently, the departments that now comprise Groups I, II, and III differ significantly from those used in prior surveys. The reader should keep this in mind when attempting to make comparisons by group with previous Annual Survey reports. A list of the departments in each of these groupings appears below.
The subdivision of the Group I institutions into Group I Public and Group I Private is new with the 1996 Annual Survey. With the increase in number of the Group I departments from 39 to 48, the AMS-IMS-MAA Data Committee judged that a further subdivision along the lines of public and private would provide more meaningful reporting of the data for these departments.
Brief descriptions of the departmental groupings used for the Annual Surveys from 1996 through 2011 are as follows:
Group I is composed of 48 departments with scores in the 3.00-5.00 range.
Group II is composed of 56 departments with scores in the 2.00-2.99 range.
Group III contains the remaining US departments reporting a doctoral program, including a number of departments not included in the 1995 ranking of program faculty.
Group IV contains US departments (or programs) of statistics, biostatistics, and biometrics reporting a doctoral program.
Group Va contains US departments (or programs) in applied mathematics/applied science which report a doctoral program. Group Vb, which is no longer surveyed as of 1998-99, previously contained operations research and management science.
Group M contains US departments granting a master's degree as the highest graduate degree.
Group B contains U.S. departments granting at most a baccalaureate degree.
1Research-doctorate programs in the United States: continuity and change, edited by Marvin L. Goldberger, Brendan A. Maher, and Pamela Ebert Flattau; National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1995.
2These findings were published in An assessment of research-doctorate programs in the United States: Mathematical and physical sciences, edited by Lyle V. Jones, Gardner Lindzey, and Porter E. Coggeshall; National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1982. The information on mathematics, statistics, and computer science was presented in digest form in the April 1983 issue of the Notices, pages 257-267, and an analysis of the classifications was given in the June 1983 Notices, pages 392-393.