BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affair’s programs in public administration are among the best in the world, according to the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The rankings, produced by a Shanghai educational consulting organization, follow an objective methodology based largely on faculty awards and publications. The rankings are regarded as among the most influential and widely observed measures of university academic quality.
"These results are testament to the outstanding work performed by Indiana University faculty and the excellence of the university's programs," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Rankings are only one measure of success, but reports such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities provide important evidence that Indiana University is truly a global university where research of the highest quality is changing lives for the better."
The rankings place SPEA’s public administration at No. 5.
The rankings refer to academic disciplines, not to specific schools or departments. Public administration is in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Since 2009, the rankings have been published and copyrighted by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, an independent ranking organization.
The methodology ranks universities and their programs on five indicators: alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals; highly cited researchers identified by Thomson Reuters; articles published in journals of Nature and Science; articles indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index; and per-capita performance. More than 1,200 universities are ranked every year, and the top 500 are published.