Binghamton graduate programs rank high nationally
September 18, 2012Tweet
Young compared to the majority of research universities, Binghamton University has been methodically building its research and graduate programs—and two recent national studies reveal it is succeeding. One analysis, by Academic Analytics, ranks universities based on faculty scholarly productivity using extensive databases and quantitative measures of productivity, and another published in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 graduate program report, looks at an institution’s reputational rankings.
When compared to faculty in similar programs, Academics Analytics placed four of Binghamton University’s doctoral programs in the top 25 percentile in the nation, and nine in the top third:
• behavioral neuroscience in the top 15 percent along with programs at Emory University, the University of Connecticut and the University of Georgia
• clinical psychology in the top 25 percent along with programs at Southern Methodist University and the University at Buffalo
• political science in the top 25 percent along with Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Davis and University of Minnesota
• history in the top third along with Duke University, the University of Chicago and the University of California-Berkeley
• chemistry in the top third along with New York University, the University of Virginia and Michigan State University
• art history in the top third along with Duke University, Boston University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
• electrical engineering and computer engineering in the top 25 percent along with Johns Hopkins University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Brown University
• mechanical engineering in the top third along with Purdue University, the University of Rochester and Michigan State University
• materials science and engineering in the top third along with the University of Southern California and the University of California-Los Angeles
“We know that the quality of Binghamton’s graduate programs is very high because we routinely assess them,” said Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School. “What we see is that our programs provide state-of-the-art training along with plenty of support for creativity. These rankings confirm that we are on the right track by providing an outstanding education for our students with a focus on getting them graduated and placed in good jobs.”
The most recent U.S. News rankings indicate that, as young as Binghamton University is, more and more universities elsewhere recognize what we have accomplished, said Stamp. Binghamton’s clinical psychology, English, history, political science and sociology programs placed in the top third of doctoral programs mentioned by U.S. News, and Binghamton’s young master programs also rank well: social work is 79th of more than 200 programs, and public administration moved from 80th to 53rd of 166 programs.
The recently released National Research Council (NRC) rankings, though using data from 2006 and prior, show that Binghamton has been on this upward path for some time, said Stamp. When compared to faculty in similar programs, five doctoral programs were in the top 25th percentile in the nation, and seven in the top 50th percentile. The NRC’s diversity ranking also placed 63 percent of Binghamton’s programs in the top 50th percentile, which reflects the University’s commitment to diversity and internationalization.
The School of Management’s programs are also highly ranked by BusinessWeek. SOM’s students carry an average GMAT score of 629, an entering GPA of 3.44 and are successfully placed globally, including at the best firms in New York City.
Rankings don’t tell the whole story, however, said Stamp. “Binghamton’s size allows students to work side-by-side with faculty, who take pride in mentoring students well,” she said. “In addition, Binghamton’s doctoral time-to-degree is below the national norm, the percent of doctoral students graduating is higher than the national norm and our doctoral and master students get good jobs.”