Research Universities Ranked

New edition of Top American Research Universities ranks USF 27th in the nation.


By Vickie Chachere

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (May 16, 2011) - The University of South Florida ranks 27th among U.S. public institutions in the newest edition of the Top American Research Universities.


USF’s ranking was fueled by its high ratings in total research funding, federal research grants, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral degree productivity, and faculty awards. The ratings system compares universities on a total of nine performance measures.


 “USF continues to demonstrate its strength and emerging status among the top tier of American research universities,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “Building a great research university is important to the health, economic security and standard of living for our region, our nation and the world.”


USF’s long-term strategic plan guides the development of the university and draws on metrics used in the Top American Research Universities annual report and other national rankings. Provost Ralph Wilcox said that USF’s performance, which eclipses that of several established AAU member institutions, underscores the university’s progress toward its ambitious strategic goal.


In addition to its overall ranking among public universities, USF ranked 39th in overall research funding and 36th in federal research awards.


The full text of the 2010 report can be found here. The Top American Research Universities report is the work of The Center for University Measurement, located at Arizona State University.


“USF is a young and dynamic university on a rapid, upward trajectory,” Wilcox said. “We’ve endured financial challenges, the growing-pains associated with raising standards and worked tirelessly to grow our national and international reputation as a leading, global academic research institution. Rankings such as these give us a moment to evaluate the effects of the hard work and accomplishments of our talented students, faculty and staff.”


“We are always thrilled to see USF move up in rankings,” said Karen Holbrook, Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Global Affairs.  “While our purpose is not to simply increase in ranking, it is to be as productive as we know we are capable of and when our faculty achieve at the high levels they strive for, we naturally move up among our peers.  This change reflects their success.”


Institutions that have federal research expenditures as reported to NSF of at least $20 million and that fall within the top 25 on at least one of the nine measures fall into The Center's definition of the top research universities.  The Top American Research Universities annual publication provides a comprehensive set of data on more than 600 institutions, and on occasion includes analytical discussions of topics related to research university performance.


Vickie Chachere can be reached at 813-974-6251.