Thursday, September 29, 2011
For over 10 years, The Center for Measuring University Performance, now located at Arizona State University, has produced an annual report on "The Top American Research Universities" that uses objective data on nine measures to put universities into categories according to their performance. We measure research, of course, by the amount of research expenditures of each university in two categories: total research, which includes all sources, and federal research that includes the peer-reviewed research activities sponsored by the federal government. In addition we collect information on endowment, annual giving, National Academy membership, faculty awards, doctoral degrees awarded, postdoctoral fellowships supported, and average SAT scores of entering students. (For a full discussion of all these measures, see the most recent edition of "The Top American Research Universities" , available online.)
By combining these indexes of academic performance for the members of the conferences, we can produce a reliable indicator of the combined academic distinction of the institutions in each of the six BCS conferences.
- Big-10 (55)
- Pac-12 (48)
- ACC (28.5)
- SEC (14)
- Big-12 (12)
- Big East (8.5)
As a reference, we also constructed an index for the Ivy League, to put all this into perspective. This premier academic conference would fall into second place (51), after the Big-10 (55) and before the Pac-12 (48).
For the individual scores of the 74 BCS schools, as well as the 8 Ivy league schools, see here.