Campus: San Diego - June 1, 2007

SDSU Ranked Number One Small Research University in the Nation

Study measures faculty scholarly productivity of Ph.D. programs

San Diego State University has been named the number one small research university in the nation, according to the new ranking index based on the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index.)

The FSP Index created by Academic Analytics ranks universities based on the productivity of their faculty, including 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 official ranking report was released this week.

"This distinction reflects the solid work being done by faculty and staff at this premiere urban research university," said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. "Scholarly productivity and research are expressions of our faculty's diligence to provide a learning environment that serves both our students and our community."

"Small research university" refers to universities which offer 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs. In 2005, the year from which the rankings are based, SDSU had a total of 14 Ph.D. programs offered jointly with University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara and Claremont Graduate University.

"San Diego State University should be incredibly proud of this achievement," says Dr. Lawrence Martin, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Consultant to Academic Analytics. "The data that supports this study is valuable in helping any research university remain at the top of its game and helps other universities learn how to improve productivity in order to attain top status."

Earlier this year, three of SDSU's Ph.D. programs were recognized among the top five in the country based on the FSP Index and published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. In that report, SDSU's clinical psychology program was ranked first in its field among all universities nationwide.

In addition to clinical psychology SDSU has Ph.D. programs in the following fields: biology, chemistry, computational science, ecology, education, engineering sciences/applied mechanics, geography, language and communicative disorders, mathematics and science education, and public health (epidemiology and health behavioral sciences.)

Academic Analytics is a collaboration between faculty and researchers at the Stony Brook University and Educational Directories Unlimited. Academic Analytics compiles and distributes the FSP Index, a new method for ranking doctoral programs at research universities, both Carnegie Research Extensive and Research Intensive. SDSU has been designated a "Research University" with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation.

Contacts: Gina Speciale, Media Relations, (619) 594-4563 office; (619) 813-3581 cell, speciale@mail.sdsu.edu


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