KHE Doctoral Program Ranked 2nd in Nation

Oct. 9, 2015

The National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) has announced that The University of Texas at Austin’s doctoral program in Kinesiology and Health Education (KHE) ranks second in the nation. 

Says KHE Professor and Chair John Bartholomew, “The NAK rankings are based on indicators of faculty productivity, including extramural funding, publications and editorships; along with student productivity, including publications and placements. As such, the steady rise in rankings is a wonderful reflection of the work of our entire department—staff, students, and faculty. I could not be more proud of their achievement.”

A total of 52 academic programs participated in the review. The participating programs represented 68 percent of the kinesiology-related doctoral program granting colleges and universities in the United States during the review period from 2010 to 2014. The newest ranking marks the highest achieved by the College of Education’s KHE doctoral program in the academy’s ranking history.

The academy announces two types of rankings: adjusted and unadjusted. The adjusted ranking takes into consideration faculty size and outlying data.

Following is the list of top five colleges and universities with kinesiology programs for 2015.


Adjusted rank:

  1. University of South Carolina
  2. The University of Texas at Austin
  3. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  4. Teacher’s College, Columbia
  5. University of Florida

Unadjusted Rank:

  1. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  2. The University of Texas at Austin
  3. Penn State
  4. University of Michigan
  5. University of South Carolina


According to Catherine Ennis, Ph.D., past-president of the academy, “The variables and their weightings included in this five-year review were derived from input from a panel of experts familiar with doctoral education. We believe that this review provides a solid national representation of doctoral programs in this country and is the most current, objective assessment available to administrators today.”

For full results of the review, please visit the National Academy of Kinesiology site.