The following statement
was prepared by the committee on the status and future of the profession (Peter
French, chair) and approved by the board of officers at its 2003 meeting. This
statement was updated at the 2009 board of officers meeting.
The American Philosophical Association does not rank
departments of philosophy and their graduate and/or undergraduate programs nor
does it sponsor or endorse any rankings of philosophy departments or programs
that are compiled by others.
The American Philosophical Association recognizes that there
is often a need for comparative information about departments and programs. It
therefore encourages students and administrators seeking such information not
to rely on any single source but rather to check a wide variety of sources and
to consider each source critically. General information can be found in the APA's Guide
to Graduate Programs in Philosophy. The APA also encourages people
seeking comparative information about departments and programs to use the links
on the APA website to examine the graduate programs offered by various
departments, and to consult with chairpersons or graduate directors.