MOVING TO FRONT FROM TWO DAYS AGO--SEE THE UPDATES--IT LOOKS LIKE THE APA 'GUIDE' HAS SOME SERIOUS OMISSIONS
It's now on-line. No qualitative assessments, needless to say, but a lot of useful data and information. In most cases, there is more job placement data on-line at department websites than is offered here, but it's still a useful resource.
UPDATE: Donald Hubin, the Chair at Ohio State, writes with an important cautionary note:
In reviewing the APA Guide to Graduate Programs for 2012, the Ohio State Department found significant and puzzling errors. We are currently working with Andres Colapinto, the APA researcher overseeing the report, to correct the data for our department. Mr. Colapinto has been extremely responsive and the APA is committed to correcting any errors in the report quickly and reposting corrected PDF on the website. I believe that this report holds the promise of being a useful tool for prospective graduate students. However, until departments have had a chance to review this report and correct any errors, prospective graduate students should not rely on the accuracy of the report.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Stephen Menn (McGill/Humboldt) writes:
The APA Guide to Graduate Programs for 2012 says that it's giving "information about Ph.D., M.A., and equivalent degree programs in the United States and Canada." But in fact neither their Doctoral nor their Master's program guides include any information at all about Canadian programs. Both of the guides have notes at the end saying "the following schools did not submit data for this report," and giving a list, and neither of those lists includes any Canadian schools. So it's not that the Canadian schools didn't respond. Rather, it looks as if the APA sent out questionnaires to a list of schools (of which some responded and some not), but that they simply forgot to send the questionnaire to any Canadian schools. The effect of the APA's Guide will be to tell prospective graduate applicants that there are no Canadian graduate programs worth bothering about. Canadian philosophers (unlike Europeans and Mexicans and so on) pay full APA dues, for full membership in APA divisions, and this is not how we want our dues money spent. I don't think the APA can cure this simply by changing their wording and saying "information about Ph.D., M.A., and equivalent degree programs in the United States," and never mind the Canadians. At an absolute minimum they should say, "for information about Canadian graduate programs, see http://www.acpcpa.ca/en/departments.php", which will at least give their readers links to the departmental websites. But it would be better if they took the webpage offline and made a more serious effort next year--or this year if there is still time to do it ahead of the graduate application season, but there won't be much time remaining for everyone to get their information together.
AND STILL MORE: Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown) writes:
Given the unfortunate extent of the errors and omissions, I'm opening comments for other examples. Signed comments only: full name and valid e-mail address. Please comment only on your own department's listing (or omission). As noted last week, comments may take awhile to appear due to other pressing obligations. Please be patient.
The Georgetown entry in the APA guide is also fully of errors and weirdnesses. I have no idea how the information got collected or transmitted or by whom so I am not blaming anyone in particular. But our write-up underreports our minority and female students, and the list of our strengths is very odd. For instance the list does not mention feminist philosophy, ethics, or political philosophy, which I would think are much more clearly strengths of ours than is philosophy of language. Anyways it seems that guide should be taken with a grain of salt.