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SDSU Doctoral Programs Rank High in New University Research Index

Three of San Diego State University’s doctoral programs have been identified as among the top five in the country by a new ranking published in The Chronicle of Higher Education in January.

Among SDSU’s Ph.D. programs, clinical psychology ranked first among universities nationwide, while teacher education ranked third and language and communicative disorders placed fourth.

“These new rankings confirm what we’ve known about our faculty for some time,” said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. “Not only are they producing high-quality research, they’re also helping to create new leaders in their fields through our outstanding doctoral degree programs.”

The rankings are based on the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, a measure of scholarly output financed in part by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by Chester, Pa.-based Academic Analytics LLC.

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Academic Analytics is compiling the FSP Index, a new method for ranking doctoral programs.

The index rates scholarly output of faculty members in nearly 7,300 doctoral programs nationwide.

It examines the number of book and journal articles published by faculty members, and reviews the journal citations, awards, honors and grants received by individual faculty.

For each academic field of study, the analysis creates a ranking based on the cumulative scoring of a program’s faculty using these measures compared against national standards.

Individual program scores are combined to indicate the quality of the entire university’s scholarly work.

The new index is the first ranking of doctoral programs to be released since the 1995 rankings compiled by the private, nonprofit National Research Council.

SDSU, which offers joint doctoral programs, is the only university in the county to achieve a ranking in the subject-specific FSP Index. Both SDSU’s clinical psychology and the language and communicative disorders degrees are offered in conjunction with UC San Diego. SDSU’s teacher education program is offered in partnership with Claremont Graduate University.

Academic Analytics produced three types of measurements: one ranking individual Ph.D. programs, another for broad categories of programs and another measuring the general quality of faculty research at U.S. universities.

SDSU ranked seventh overall in the broad category of social and behavioral sciences, ninth overall in education and 12th overall in health professional sciences.

Additionally, SDSU ranked second only to DePaul University in Chicago in the category that rates universities having less than 15 doctoral-level graduate programs.

SDSU offered 10 doctorate programs in 2005, the year measured by the FSP Index. Currently, it offers 16 programs.

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