SDSU is the most productive research university with 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs, according to Academic Analytics.
SDSU received a record $150 million in research funding this year.
For the fourth consecutive year, San Diego State University is ranked the No. 1 most productive research university in the nation among schools with 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs, according to Academic Analytics*.
This will likely be the last time the university will be ranked in the “small research university” category. Beginning in fall 2010, SDSU will offer two new joint-doctoral programs in evolutionary biology and geophysics, and is expected to launch three additional engineering doctoral programs, exceeding the “small research” category’s maximum of 14 Ph.D. programs.
Research going "big" on Montezuma Mesa
However, SDSU’s research effort could never be considered “small” whatever the number of Ph.D. programs offered by the university. In fact, even with just 14 Ph.D. programs in 11 fields of study, Academic Analytics* ranked SDSU 35th among all research universities and 15th among public universities both large and small.
“We’ve continued to develop into a major research university,” said Tom Scott, vice president for research and graduate dean.
“SDSU’s faculty are increasingly committed to original scholarship in addition to our tradition role as teachers, and the administration has nurtured this development, even in times of financial stress. All segments of the university benefit as we compete for external funding, use those resources to provide leading edge facilities and hire faculty who develop high profiles among their professional peers worldwide.”
Record year for research funding
The ranking is based on the publication of books and journal articles, the citation of those works by others in the field, the number of professional awards won by the faculty and the amount of federal grant funds. SDSU secured a record $150 million in research grants and contracts in the 2009-10 fiscal year which ends June 30.
These funds are administered by the SDSU Research Foundation, a non-profit, auxiliary organization chartered to further the educational, research and community service of San Diego State University. The SDSU Research Foundation is currently administering approximately 1,000 active grants and contracts.
*Fundamental Data provided by Academic Analytics, LLC