Study Ranks California's Most Productive Universities

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California boasts the most productive large research universities and is home to the #1 small research university in the country.

Academic Analytics announced today California’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, 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. 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.

The highest-ranking large research universities in California and those above the national average, according to the FSP Index, are:

1)    California Institute of Technology

2)    University of California—San Francisco

3)    Stanford University

4)    University of California—Berkeley    

5)    University of California—San Diego

6)    University of California—Los Angeles

7)    University of Southern California

8)    University of California—Davis    

9)    University of California—Riverside

10)    University of California—Santa Cruz

Overall, California has the largest number of high performing large research universities in the top 25 with five of its institutions cracking the rarified air. Other highlights among California research universities include:

•    The number one small research university in the United States is San Diego State University*.

•    Rand Graduate School and Pacific Graduate School of Psychology took top honors ranking first and third respectively among America’s business, education and social science specialized universities.

•    Scripps Research Institute ranks second among the nation’s bio science specialized research universities.

•    Claremont School of Theology is the third most productive specialized university in humanities

•    In applied sciences, Santa Clara University takes the fourth place rank among U.S. institutions.

“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 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 cititations, 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 or call Stefanie Altman at 631-791-9691.

*San Diego State University grants Ph.D.s in conjunction with University of California – Santa Barbara, University of California – San Diego, and Claremont Graduate University

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


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