Research in Higher Education

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 85–90 | Cite as

The Gourman report: Misinformation about the quality of graduate social work education

  • Charles O'Reilly
  • Rosella O'Reilly


Despite telling criticism because the author refuses to provide information about his methodology,The Gourman Report is used as an authoritative reference by prospective students and researchers in higher education. Gourman's 1985 and 1987 reports on graduate and professional education rated 31 social work programs. Ratings allegedly were based on information about such factors as teaching and library quality. Program deans, their university librarians, and offices of institutional research were asked if they shared information with Gourman. No respondent provided Gourman any information. Given their responses it seemed that at best Gourman's ratings are hypothetical. Absent evidence to the contrary, one can assume that the same holds true for all graduate and professional programs rated by Gourman.


High Education Social Work Education Research Professional Education Work Program 
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© Agathon Press, Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles O'Reilly
    • 1
  • Rosella O'Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Loyola University of ChicagoChicago
  2. 2.Wilmette Public LibraryWilmette

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