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Survey Ranks UI Researchers High in Doctoral Productivity

Faculty in University of Iowa doctoral programs are ranked 37th overall out of 166 large public and private research universities in a survey of scholarly productivity, with several disciplines ranking in the top 10 in their areas of study.

The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, partly financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company, rates faculty members' scholarly output at nearly 7,300 doctoral programs around the country. It examines the number of book and journal articles published by each program's faculty, as well as journal citations, awards, honors, and grants received. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked the universities and identified the top 10 programs in 104 disciplines in its January 12 issue.

UI doctoral programs were also ranked among the top 10 in the following disciplines: anatomy (7), epidemiology (4), kinesiology and exercise science (7), accounting (6), management (5), counseling education/counseling and guidance (3), educational leadership (6), environmental health engineering (9), French (7), mass communications and communication studies (9) and women's studies (5).

Michael Hogan, executive vice president and provost, said he is pleased with the university's rankings in the survey, while adding that new assessment methodologies are always sure to engender debate about how well they measure the success of UI programs in fulfilling their missions. He notes that the National Research Council, which has provided a widely used assessment of graduate programs in the past, is currently working on updating its rankings.

"I'm sure there will be a good deal of discussion in the coming weeks on the merits of these two assessments and how they have chosen to evaluate the growing volume of data on academic productivity. Nevertheless, I'm gratified that a number of our doctoral programs received high rankings in the SUNY/Academic Analytics index," he said. "We have a very distinguished and productive faculty, and it's always nice when some of that hard work gets noticed in a very public way."

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