Binghamton University research faculty rank high nationally

2010-11-04

BINGHAMTON, NY – Two recent rankings place Binghamton University’s research and graduate programs high nationally. Results of the National Research Council 2006 Doctoral Study and a more recent 2008 study by Academic Analytics, a company that ranks universities based on faculty scholarly activity, were both released this month. 

Binghamton ranks well overall, according to Nancy Stamp, dean of the Binghamton’s Graduate School.

“These rankings confirm what we already know,” she said. “The quality of Binghamton’s graduate programs is very high. We know that because we routinely assess our programs with the goal to continually provide an outstanding education for our students.” Stamp said Binghamton is on the same playing field as the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University at Buffalo and the University of Connecticut.

“We are a competitive University Center and these rankings put us where we need to be,” said Interim Provost Jean-Pierre Mileur, who said that Binghamton has focused on building its research and graduate programs. “Though we’re a young university, we’re in the hunt, and these rankings show that we’re playing very well on the doctoral level and we’re continuing to get better all the time.”

Several of Binghamton University’s doctoral programs received especially high national rankings by Academic Analytics, said Stamp. When compared to faculty in other similar programs, five doctoral programs were in the top 25 percentile in the nation, and eight were in the top 50 percentile.

Faculty productivity in doctoral programs ranked by Academic Analytics include:

Behavioral Neuroscience in the top five along with programs at Emory and Arizona State universities and Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Cognitive Psychology in the top 10 along with programs at Brown and Boston universities and the University of Rochester.

Clinical Psychology in the top 15 along with programs at Columbia University, the University of Rochester and Emory University.

History in the top 20 percent along with Cornell University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas-Austin.

Political Science in the top 25 percent along with Georgetown University, John Hopkins University and the University of Michigan.

Anthropology in the top 30 percent along with Duke, Ohio State and Vanderbilt universities.

The NRC rankings, though using data from 2006 and prior, indicate that Binghamton University has been on this path for some time, said Interim President C. Peter Magrath.

 “This shows our quality as a graduate and research university,” he said. “By the measures they used for this study, Binghamton is on a continual upward trajectory and we expect that to continue. ”

As in the Academic Analytics study, several of Binghamton University’s doctoral programs received especially high national placement by the NRC for research productivity. When compared to faculty in other similar programs, five doctoral programs were in the top 25 percentile in the nation, and seven were in the top 50 percentile. For the diversity ranking, 63 percent of Binghamton’s programs were in the top 50 percentile, which reflects the University’s commitment to diversity and internationalization.

However, rankings don’t tell the whole story, Stamp said.

 “Binghamton’s size means that students work side by side with faculty daily and Binghamton’s faculty take pride in mentoring students well,” she said. ”Our doctoral time-to-degree is below the national norm, the percent of our doctoral students graduating is higher than the national norm –and Binghamton’s doctoral students get good jobs.” 

About the rankings:

* Academic Analytics is based in Stony Brook, N.Y. The index measures the scholarly productivity of faculty based on their publications, citations, grants and honorary awards. The study included 168,068 faculty members associated with 8,849 PhD programs at 387 universities in the United States.

* The National Research Council 2006 Doctoral Study includes data on faculty research productivity, student support and outcomes, and faculty and student diversity.  The study compares 4,838 doctoral programs in 62 subject areas across 212 institutions in the United States.  Fifty-nine of Binghamton's current doctoral programs were included in the study.

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