Campus: SAN DIEGO -- January 19, 2007

San Diego State Doctoral Programs Rank High in New University Research Index

Clinical Psychology Program Recognized as Best in the Country

Three of San Diego State University's doctoral programs have been recognized as among the top five in the country, according to a new ranking index published in The Chronicle of Higher Education this week.

Of San Diego State's Ph.D. programs, clinical psychology ranked first in its field among all universities nationwide, while teacher education ranked third and language and communicative disorders placed fourth.

The rankings are based on the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity (FSP) Index, a broad measure of scholarly output financed in part by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company.

SDSU is the only university San Diego County to achieve a ranking in the subject-specific FSP index. It offers joint doctoral programs: both the clinical psychology and the language and communicative disorders degrees are offered in conjunction with the University of California San Diego; the teacher education program is a partnership with Claremont Graduate University.

"These new rankings confirm what we've known about our faculty for some time," said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. "Not only are they producing high quality research, they're also helping to create new leaders in their fields through our outstanding doctoral degree programs."

Academic Analytics produced three types of indices: one ranking individual Ph.D. programs, another for broad categories of programs and another measuring the general quality of faculty research at U.S. universities. SDSU was ranked seventh overall in the broad category of social and behavioral sciences, ninth overall in education and 12th overall in health professional sciences.

Additionally, SDSU ranked second only to DePaul University in Chicago, Ill., within the FSP index that rates universities having fewer than 15 doctoral-level graduate programs. SDSU offered 10 doctorate programs in 2005, the year measured by the FSP index. Currently, 16 are offered.

The new index is the first ranking of doctoral programs to be released since the 1995 rankings compiled by the private non-profit National Research Council. The FSP index rates scholarly output of faculty members in nearly 7,300 doctoral programs nationwide. Not only does the index examine the number of book and journal articles published by faculty members, it also reviews the journal citations, awards, honors and grants received by individual faculty.

Founded in 2005, Academic Analytics LLC is compiling and making available The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index™ (FSP Index), a new method for ranking doctoral programs at research universities using a set of statistical algorithms developed by Lawrence Martin, Ph.D., and Anthony Olejniczak. For each academic field of study, the FSP analysis creates a ranking based on the cumulative scoring of a program's faculty using these measures compared against national standards within the particular discipline. Individual program scores are then combined to demonstrate the quality of the scholarly work of the entire university.

Contact: Lorena Nava, Media Relations Specialist, (619) 594-3952 office; (619) 309-5179 cell, lnava@mail.sdsu.edu


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