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01-09-2007

Clarkson Ranks Seventh Among National Small Research Universities

This academic year has seen Clarkson University ranked among the top universities in "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" (Entrepreneur magazine, The Princeton Review), "Best Colleges" (Washington Monthly), "Best 361 Colleges" (The Princeton Review), "Most Wired Colleges" (PC Magazine, The Princeton Review), and among the best "National Universities," "Engineering Programs whose highest degree is a doctorate," "Supply Chain Management," "Environmental/ Health" and "Civil Engineering" programs (U.S. News & World Report). Now, a new standard for measuring research universities places Clarkson seventh in the nation among 61 small research universities.

The Faculty Scholarly Productivity (FSP) Index, developed by Dr. Lawrence Martin, graduate dean at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, incorporates a set of statistical algorithms to determine the most productive research universities. Released this week, data for the rankings was acquired from nearly 200,000 faculty members at 354 institutions representing 104 academic disciplines and nearly 7,300 Ph.D. programs throughout the U.S.

The FSP Index compiled overall institutional rankings on 227 research institutions, divided among 166 large research institutions, which included 15 or more Ph.D. programs, as well as the 61 smaller research universities offering between one and 14 Ph.D. programs.

Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University, appreciates FSP Index measurement criteria. "The FSP Index gets directly to the core of measuring your doctoral programs. I think the information resulting from this study will be valuable in helping us determine the strategic direction of our programs and the strengths of our faculty. The scholarly output of our faculty, coupled with our commitment to teaching, has helped make us an institution that has consistently delivered academic performance beyond the expectations of our size. I am proud of the Clarkson faculty, and not in the least surprised by this prestigious ranking."

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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