Concern About University Productivity Results in Unprecedented Growth for Academic Analytics

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Growing demand among university doctoral programs for a consistent measure of faculty productivity, one that allows for the both the assessment of current circumstances and charts movements toward improvement, among large and small research universities nationwide has led to a nearly two-fold increase in business for Academic Analytics during the first two quarters of 2007.

Growing demand for a consistent measure of faculty productivity, one that allows for the both the assessment of current circumstances and charts movements toward improvement, among large and small research universities nationwide has led to a nearly two-fold increase in business for Academic Analytics during the first two quarters of 2007.

Architect of the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index), which ranks doctoral programs at research universities based upon statistical algorithms, Academic Analytics has added dozens of universities to its portfolio. New participants include Howard University, Northeastern University, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Missouri at St. Louis and University of Houston, among others.

"For the first time, we can actually answer the critical questions around the productivity of our departments. Are they more or less productive than last year? Are they more or less productive than departments in similar programs at competing schools? Are they sufficiently productive to merit another year of special investment of research funds or of a reduced teaching load? Are they productive enough to draw the best and brightest graduate students to our institution? Are we, as an institution, making progress as a robust intellectual community compared to our external peers and benchmarks?" says George Walker, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Florida International University, whose institution has subscribed for the data since the FSP Index's inception.

Gauging productivity also has its advantages in the form of new-student recruitment. According to a recent Eduventures study (May 2007), college-bound students select their university of choice primarily based upon an institution's reputation and strength in their intended major. "Shifting student demands have placed increasing pressure on universities, and subsequently faculty members, to enhance scholarly productivity and accountability," says Dr. Lawrence Martin, Ph.D., chief scientific consultant to Academic Analytics. "Providing a clear snapshot of scholarly strength relative to others helps universities better market their differentiators as a way to attract students and enhance their reputation."

Academic Analytics' Faculty FSP Index is a 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 quantitative rankings of whole universities.

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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