Duquesne University is ranked in the top 20 small research universities in a new index that is designed to gauge faculty productivity in doctoral programs in the United States.
The rankings, listed in the Jan. 12 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, showed Duquesne as No. 16 nationwide among the 61 small research universities that were rated. The small research universities were considered as those with fewer than 15 doctoral programs.
“My congratulations to our faculty and academic leadership on this national recognition,” said President Charles J. Dougherty. “As good as this is, I am confident that our ranking understates the actual scholarly productivity of our faculty. Moreover, this ranking and other recognitions of faculty scholarship will only get better given the current efforts of the faculty, Deans and the Provost.”
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, developed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Academic Analytics, was used to rate scholarly output at nearly 7,300 doctoral programs around the country.
“To be listed as among the top 20 small research universities shows the quality and dedication of our faculty, particularly our doctoral faculty, at Duquesne,” said Provost and Vice President of Academics Ralph Pearson.
The index, based on 2005 figures, looked at the number of books and journal articles published by faculty members; the journal citations, awards and honors they received; and the federal grants received. The most weight was given to published books and articles, with grants counting as second-most important. Awards such as Fulbrights, that are considered more prestigious, were weighted more heavily than other awards.
The new rankings, proponents say, take a timely snapshot of objective data, measuring faculty productivity and bowing less to an institution’s reputation, which could take years to build.