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Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs has been ranked no. 5 in the U.S. and no.13 in the world for research in public administration, according to the recently released ShanghaiRanking’s Ranking of World Universities.
ShanghaiRanking has been publishing the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009. It now covers 52 subjects and includes more than 4,000 universities. In the field of public administration, ASU was ranked ahead of such stellar institutions as Columbia, the University of Michigan, UC-Berkeley and Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
The Shanghai research rankings are based on several indicators of research quality, including publications in top journals, citations, international collaborations and faculty awards. ASU’s performance along the latter dimension is especially impressive. Six School of Public Affairs faculty members are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows. Since 2011, the school's faculty have received 14 national and international research awards.
The Shanghai findings are consistent with a 2015 study by Van De Walle and Van Delft, which ranked the School no. 12 in the world for research productivity.
“Faculty are evaluated by their peers on the basis of their research productivity. We are proud to be ranked no. 5 in the U.S. along this important dimension," stated Donald Siegel, director and professor, School of Public Affairs. "Our top research ranking nicely complements indicators of the school’s programmatic excellence. For example, our MPA program is ranked no. 13 in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. ASU public administration and policy students have access to world-class class faculty and academic programs at a fraction of the cost of similar programs at leading private research universities.”