The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University recently ranked in the top 10 nationally by the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. These rankings, a new standard for measuring doctoral programs based on scholarly output, were produced by Academic Analytics with support from State University of New York-Stony Brook.
The new annual index, derived from 2005 data, has burst onto the scene to provide a service that administrators have long been requesting: a scientific ranking that compares peer programs according to objective measures. Unlike U.S. News and World Report, the index is not based on perception - it examines quantifiable data to determine its rankings, such as faculty publications (including published books, journal articles, and citations of journal articles), federal grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards. The last major study of its kind was released by The National Research Council in 1995.
"Our faculty work hard, and most importantly, they produce excellent results," said ECE Department Head Tony Maciejewski. "It is great to see a new metric that ranks departments by their scholarly output." He added, "In terms of our productivity and the quality of our work, we clearly can compete with the best universities in the nation."
The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index ranked 7,294 programs in 104 disciplines at 354 institutions, encompassing a total of 177,816 faculty members. The ECE Department ranked 10th in the nation among institutions that offer both an electrical engineering and computer engineering major; the index includes a separate ranking for departments with only an electrical engineering major.
Seven other academic departments at Colorado State University also were ranked in the top 10 in their discipline, outperforming all other Colorado universities in the index rankings. The colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering had multiple departments ranked by the survey.
"While our faculty, in general, are highly productive using these standard measures, the recognition of specific Colorado State departments and programs as highly productive in comparison to their peers on a national level is very rewarding and a compliment to the hard work of the faculty in these departments," said Tom Gorell, vice provost for Faculty Affairs at Colorado State.
Additional information about the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index is available at: http://chronicle.com/stats/productivity/page.php?bycat=true&primary=5&secondary=50#.