Eight Departments at Colorado State University Ranked Among Most Productive in Nation

Eight academic departments at Colorado State University recently were ranked in the top 10 nationally in their disciplines by the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. These rankings were produced by Academic Analytics with support from State University of New York-Stony Brook and provide a scale of faculty productivity using certain measures.  

Colorado State’s academic departments outperformed all other Colorado universities in the index rankings. The colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering had multiple departments ranked by the survey.

"While our faculty, in general, are highly productive using these standard measures, the recognition of specific Colorado State departments and programs as highly productive in comparison to their peers on a national level is very rewarding and a compliment to the hard work of the faculty in these departments," said Tom Gorell, vice provost for Faculty Affairs at Colorado State.

The index, which ranked 7,294 programs in 104 disciplines at 354 institutions, encompassed a total of 177,816 faculty members. The index examined faculty members of each department on publications (including published books and journal articles and citations of journal articles), federal grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards.

Most notably, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics was ranked No. 1 in its discipline, the Department of Biology’s zoology faculty was ranked No. 2 in the zoology discipline and the Department of Atmospheric Science, ranked No. 3 in its discipline, had the highest citation-to-faculty member index in its discipline.

Colorado State departments named among the top 10 in 104 disciplines (and their rankings) are:

– Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (agricultural economics category), College of Agricultural Sciences; No. 1.

– Department of Biology (zoology category), College of Natural Sciences; No. 2.

– Department of Atmospheric Sciences (atmospheric sciences category), College of Engineering; No. 3.

– Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology (fisheries science and management category), Warner College of Natural Resources; No. 5.

– Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (food science category), College of Applied Human Sciences; No. 8.

– Department of Soil and Crop Sciences (soil science category), College of Agricultural Sciences, No. 9.

– Department of Soil and Crop Sciences (agronomy/crop science category), College of Agricultural Sciences; No. 10.

– Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (computer engineering), College of Engineering; No. 10.