Monday, December 30, 2013

Research rankings

Some notes for my own use on research rankings by discipline for Michigan State University. The ranges are 95% confidence intervals using the R-rank (including, among other things, publications, citations, grants and awards) from the 2010 NRC evaluation (see, e.g., here). Rank ordered by, e.g., central value of R range, most of the departments below come out in the top 20-30 in the US. More data: S rankings in various fields.

Physics                                     17-41
Chemistry                                 21-59
Computer Science                    12-32
Math                                         11-43
EE/CE                                      47-87
Biochem/MoBio                      54-96
Neuroscience                            72-89
Plant Biology                            6-32

In the NSF HERD (total R&D expenditures) data MSU is ranked 36th in the US, with 2012 expenditures just over $500 million. If research hospital numbers are excluded (MSU has historically had a teaching medical school, although this is changing), the MSU rank would be quite a bit higher.


LondonYoung said...

Interesting - the U. of Oklahoma (Norman Campus) pops up as #12 when sorted by R-rank high for physics. Who knew?
And Harvard gets to appear twice on the list since Applied Physics counts separately.
Georgia State is #1 when ranked by Diversity, and University of Mississippi is #1 according to the "Student Rank".

steve hsu said...

I find the Oklahoma ranking strange. I don't recall seeing them that highly ranked in other places.

LondonYoung said...

The NSF HERD data set is also very interesting, on two points. One, how much research dough a handful of big state universities are pulling in and two, the surge at Harvard and MIT the last year or two.

Rudel said...

Yes, but is ANY high ranking of MSU worth the considerable downside of having to reside in East Lansing?

LondonYoung said...

sees Steve's piece "Back in the MACT". Different strokes for different folks ...

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