America's Most Productive Universities

Using measurements based on faculty scholarly productivity, Academic Analytics announced America's most productive research universities. The results demonstrate that the division between private and public institutions continues to grow.

The Academic Analytics Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index) is a new, quantitative method used to rank doctoral programs at research universities, and is based on a set of statistical algorithms that were developed by Dr. Lawrence Martin.

Scholarly productivity of the school's faculty is measured by the index, based on their citations and financial and honorary awards won, as well as their publications. The Programs, not individual faculty members, are ranked and are aggregated to produce rankings of the entire university.

The large research universities with the highest rankings, according to the FSP index are:

1. Harvard University
2. California Institute of Technology
2. University of California - San Francisco
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4. Yale University
5. Carnegie Mellon University
6. Washington University St Louis
7. Vanderbilt University
8. Johns Hopkins University
9. Duke University
10. University of Pennsylvania

Those at the top of the charts among small research universities are:

1. DePaul University
2. San Diego State University *
3. Bryn Mawr College
4. Wright State University
5. University of Alaska - Fairbanks
5. University of Massachusetts - Boston
6. Clarkson University
7. College of William and Mary
8. University of Colorado - Denver
9. Central Michigan University
10. University of Missouri - St Louis

*San Diego State's Ph.D. programs are offered in conjunction with UC San Diego.

"At research universities, more than 50% of a faculty member's salary is compensation for scholarly work. Despite that, one of the greatest challenges for academia has been finding a way to measure and evaluate that scholarly - as distinct from teaching - productivity." says Lawrence Martin, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Consultant to Academic Analytics, Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost for Analysis and Planning and Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, and developer of the FSP Index. "The FSP Index allows university leadership, for the first time, to get a clear picture of the comparative scholarly strength and vitality of their doctoral programs relative to others on an annual basis."

The FSP Index has expanded its data gathering program in its second year of analysis, to include information from nearly 200,000 faculty members, based at 354 institutions, from 118 academic disciplines in almost 7,300 Ph.D. programs across the country. Over 9,500 faculty authored and were matched to more than 15,000 books and more than a million articles in journals, over 6,000 honors and awards and more than 83,000 federal research grants.

Other findings of the Index include:

A growing distance between private institutions and public universities in terms of faculty productivity, which could be attributed to financial support for the optimal research environment.

Many less familiar universities offer programs whose level of faculty productivity is high and so they are equipped to provide Ph.D. candidates with interests congruent to the faculty, with excellent training.

Even the best universities have variable levels of productivity among its programs.

Many universities regarded as the nation's best for education, have faculty who are the most productive on a per capita basis.

"For universities, the information is critical in the strategic planning process," adds Martin. "For faculty, it is a benchmark for the advancement of their scholarly work. And for consumers, the FSP Index provides valuable comparative information in terms of academic quality as they consider where to invest in a doctoral education," but they really don't make the data available to the consumer, he said.

Academic Analytics, founded in 2005, has also released the top 20 institutions by broad field (Education, Engineering, etc.) and the top 10 research institutions by discipline. The reports are available on a subscription basis to universities.

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