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Agricultural Economic Departmental Productivity Index

Agricultural economic programs at land-grant institutions fare well in a recent report by the Chronicle of Higher Education.  An investigation of more than 220 large and small research universities in 2005 listed the top 10 agricultural economics programs in the United States.

The top ten are:
  • Colorado State University;
  • Iowa State University;
  • The University of California - Berkeley;
  • The University of Rhode Island;
  • The University of California - Davis;
  • The University of Wisconsin - Madison;
  • Oregon State University;
  • West Virginia University;
  • Purdue University; and
  • Auburn University.


The Chronicle's ranking is based on a Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, which judges faculty on weighted variables relevant to their disciplines. Journal publications are one of the main factors affecting the Agricultural Economics ranking, for example, the percentage of faculty with a journal publication, and how frequently these publications were cited in other works.  The number of new grants awarded to faculty was also important, such as the percentage of faculty acquiring a new grant and the average amount per grant.  Awards received and books published appeared to have little effect on the final rankings.


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