ERIC Number: ED445594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
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The Top American Research Universities. An Occasional Paper from the Lombardi Program on Measuring University Performance.
Lombardi, John V.; Craig, Diane D.; Capaldi, Elizabeth D.; Gater, Denise S.
This paper offers an alternative ranking of top American research universities, criticizing the methodology used by US News & World Report and its commercialization. It begins by questioning two "givens"--the American pursuit of the "best" and the rankings "game" of trying to define the best colleges and universities. Following a brief discussion on university characteristics and what is the definition of a research university, the paper presents a list of the nine indicators of performance used to rank the institutions in this report: total research expenditures; federal research expenditures; endowment assets; annual giving; faculty members in the National Academies; faculty awards; doctoral degrees; postdoctoral appointees; and entering freshmen SAT scores. The next section examines the competitive context in which top universities operate and offers measures of comparative performance. This is followed by several tables ranking the top private and top public research universities. A final section offers a discussion of additional measures, not captured in the nine indicators noted above, that provide a fuller examination of institutional characteristics, including institutional size and composition, funding sources, institutional reputation, average faculty productivity, and National Merit and Achievement scholars. Appended are source notes for the nine measures and data notes and adjustments.(CH)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Measurement Techniques, Performance, Private Colleges, Public Colleges, Research Universities, State Universities
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville.