America's Most Productive Universities Ranked By Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index

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Academic Analytics announced today America's most productive research universities as measured by faculty scholarly productivity. Academic Analytics' Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index) is a new quantitative method for ranking doctoral programs at research universities based on a set of statistical algorithms developed by Dr. Lawrence Martin. The index measures the scholarly productivity of faculty based on their publications, citations and financial and honorary awards won. Programs, not individual faculty, are rated and are aggregated to produce rankings of whole universities.

Academic Analytics announced today America's most productive research universities as measured by faculty scholarly productivity. Academic Analytics' Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index) is a new quantitative method for ranking doctoral programs at research universities based on a set of statistical algorithms developed by Dr. Lawrence Martin. The index measures the scholarly productivity of faculty based on their publications, citations and financial and honorary awards won. Programs, not individual faculty, are rated and are aggregated to produce rankings of whole universities.

The highest-ranking large research universities, 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

Among small research universities, those topping the charts 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 at 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. 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."

In its second year of analysis, the FSP Index has expanded its data-gathering program to include information from nearly 200,000 faculty members based at 354 institutions and representing 118 academic disciplines in nearly 7,300 Ph.D. programs throughout the country. In all, the FSP Index research matched those faculty to more than 15,000 books authored by slightly more than 9,500 faculty, more than one million journal articles, almost seven million citations, over 6,000 awards and honors and more than 83,000 federal research grants. For those interested in discipline-specific rankings, Academic Analytics has also released the top 10 research institutions by discipline and the top 20 institutions by broad field (Humanities, Engineering, Education, etc.), which can be found at http://www.academicanalytics.com/top20.html.

The FSP Index reports, which are available to universities on a subscription basis, reveal both the achievements and opportunities for universities across the country, as well as identifying general trends in the doctoral marketplace. Other findings include:

  • There continues to be a growing chasm between elite private institutions and public universities in terms of faculty productivity, which could be attributable to the financial support for the optimal environment for research.
  • Many of the universities that are regarded as the nation's best for student education also have faculty who are the most productive on a per-capita basis. In other words, Harvard is not resting on its laurels.
  • Many less well-known universities offer programs whose level of faculty productivity is very high--the hidden gems. These programs would therefore be equipped to provide excellent training to Ph.D. candidates with similar research interests.
  • Even the best universities have variable levels of productivity among their various programs.

"For universities, the information is critical in the strategic planning process. As they say, 'if you can't measure it, you can't manage it.' For faculty, it is a benchmark for the advancement of their scholarly work. And for consumers," continues Martin, "the FSP Index rankings provide valuable insight in terms of academic quality as they consider where to invest in a doctoral education."

For more information on the FSP Index, visit http://www.academicanalytics.com or call Stefanie Altman at 484-766-2918.

Academic Analytics, LLC

Founded in 2005, Academic Analytics, LLC (AA LLC) is the result of collaboration between faculty and researchers at the Stony Brook University and Educational Directories Unlimited. AA LLC compiles and distributes The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index™ (FSP Index), a new method for ranking doctoral programs at Research Universities (both Carnegie Research Extensive and Research Intensive). The FSP Index is based on a set of statistical algorithms developed by Dr. Lawrence Martin, that measure the scholarly productivity of faculty based on their publications, citations and financial and honorary awards won. For more information visit http://www.academicanalytics.com.

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