I am currently in my grad program in CS, and I am interested in studying software engineering processes, project management, and metrics in a PhD program.

Can I ask here or on the main Academia site which universities are currently focused on researching the areas in which I am interested?

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That's not really the point of Academia.SE. The goal of this board is to collect questions and advice on problems related to all of academia, not just tools that can benefit one discipline, or especially one subdiscipline.

The general rule about what should go on the board is to ask: "can the answer to this question help someone who is in a different department at a different school?" If yes, then it's appropriate for the board. If not, it probably won't work.

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Sounds good. How about "What kind of methods are there to search for graduate and doctoral programs that specialize in certain areas of research?" –  David Kaczynski Nov 15 '12 at 1:38
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I think that would be acceptable. We'd have to watch out for it not degenerating into "my favorite method is X," but otherwise I'd be fine with it. –  aeismail Nov 15 '12 at 7:05
    
@DavidKaczynski You can even make it more specific. However, the point is that to make it objective (e.g. not "tell me what are the best departments doing X") and that can be answered with reasonable amount of resources (so not "post any link to department doing X"). –  Piotr Migdal Nov 15 '12 at 14:47
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I agree with @aeismail regarding the subdiscipline, as those are very localized, but I'm wondering whether we should relax this for broad disciplines (i.e. mathematics, history, political science, etc). Note that we already allow questions specific to a single location; many approve of that, with no negative feedback on that at all. On the other hand, we have also agreed that university-specific questions are too specific (I couldn't find a link for that one, but that's how we tend to vote). I don't see how disciplines are different from locations in that respect.

As an example, this question was flagged as off-topic. While I agree it's argumentative, using the above argument it's sufficiently broad to be relevant to many users, and with a simple edit it could be quite useful.

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+1 I'm for relaxing it a bit. As long as it is not too localized (i.e. a matter of one person preferences) for me it's perfectly fine to ask "How to do [blah] in experimental history" when neither "How to do [blah]" nor "How to do [blah] in history" is precise enough. –  Piotr Migdal Nov 15 '12 at 14:50
    
@eykanal: The main issue is to avoid a "what are resources for X" where X is every possible department. It's OK to ask, but I think it's always better to move upwards in generality. –  aeismail Nov 15 '12 at 21:46
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