In a new, quantitative analysis of the quality of doctoral programs at research universities across the nation, the University of Delaware ranks in the top 10 in four major disciplines. Academic Analytics' 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity (FSP) Index places UD ninth in animal science and 10th in both soil science and in kinesiology and exercise science.
UD was also ranked fifth in horticulture, a field in which UD is known for its Longwood Graduate Program in public horticulture, which offers a master's degree. Additionally, UD ranks 14th nationwide in the index's top 20 schools of agricultural sciences.
Using a statistical set of algorithms developed by faculty at Stony Brook University, the FSP Index measures the scholarly productivity of faculty based on the journal articles and books they publish, as well as their journal citations, federal research grants, and awards and honors received. Rankings are based on the cumulative scoring of a program's faculty using these measures compared against national standards within disciplines.
The latest index reviewed 177,816 faculty at 354 universities across the United States. Scopus and Amazon.com were used for identifying journal and book publication data, federal agencies and their web sites for grant information and the web sites of 55 organizations for information on awards and honors. The results were highlighted in the Jan. 12 Chronicle of Higher Education.
UD was one of 166 institutions in the large research university category, classified as having 15 or more doctoral programs, compared to small research universities and specialized research institutions. Currently, 43 doctoral programs are offered at UD.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is home to UD's programs in animal science, horticulture, and soil science, which ranked in the top 10 within their disciplines in the latest FSP Index.
The Ph.D. in animal science is offered at UD, while students interested in pursuing a doctorate in soil science matriculate in the plant and soil sciences program, which offers a concentration in a variety of areas including soil science.
The college also was distinguished by its placement in the top 20 schools of agricultural sciences, ranking behind such institutions as the University of California-Davis, Cornell, Iowa State and Purdue, but ahead of Michigan State University, Rutgers, Penn State and others.
Academic Analytics was founded in 2005, the result of a collaboration between faculty and researchers at Stony Brook University and Educational Directories Unlimited Inc. The company has offices in Chester, Pa., and Stony Brook, N.Y.
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