Study Ranks Massachusetts' Most Productive Universities

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Academic Analytics announced today Massachusetts' most productive research universities as measured by faculty scholarly productivity.

Academic Analytics announced today Massachusetts' 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, Chief Scientific Consultant to Academic Analytics. 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 in Massachusetts, defined as institutions with 15 or more Ph.D. programs across multiple disciplines, according to Academic Analytics' FSP Index, are:

1) Harvard University
2) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3) Boston University
4) Northeastern University
5) University of Massachusetts at Amherst
6) Tufts University
7) Brandeis University
8) Boston College

Overall, two of Massachusetts' large research universities, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, crack the national top five, while the remaining universities fail to crack the top 50 nationwide.

Among the small research universities in Massachusetts, two rank in the top 20 nationally:

1) University of Massachusetts at Boston
2) Clark University

But, even the best performing small research universities in Massachusetts underperform the national average for all universities in overall faculty scholarly productivity. However, within the specialized research universities category, Massachusetts-based universities shine among small research universities nationwide:

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranks #6 for Applied Sciences;
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School at Worcester ranks #6 for Biomedical Biological Sciences; and
  • Both Suffolk University and Smith University rank among the top 25 nationally for Business, Education, and Social Sciences.

"At research universities, more than 50 percent 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 Dr. Martin. "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.

The FSP Index reports are available to universities on a subscription basis. For more information on the FSP Index, visit http://www.academicanalytics.com or call Stefanie Altman at 631-791-9691.

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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