UMSL criminologist Richard Rosenfeld (left) and KMOX reporter Kevin Killeen

In this file photo from 2011, UMSL criminologist Richard Rosenfeld speaks with KMOX reporter Kevin Killeen, following the announcement of a partnership between UMSL and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in which the university’s research would be used to help the department in its efforts to reduce crime. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Researchers at the University of Missouri–St. Louis rank 14th among universities in the U.S. with high faculty research activity. The findings are compiled by Academic Analytics, a company that ranks universities based on faculty research productivity.

UMSL ranks first in Missouri in the national rankings among 96 universities classified in the high research activity category. Universities in the top 15 include Boston College, Syracuse, Wake Forest and The College of William and Mary.

“These national rankings demonstrate the excellence of our faculty research activities in both quality and quantity compared to our national peers,” UMSL Provost said Glen Cope. “It’s wonderful to have this affirmation of what we already know – we have an outstanding faculty.”

Two of UMSL’s doctoral programs were ranked in the top 10 – counselor education in the College of Education and criminology and criminal justice in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty productivity was compared to other similar programs nationally.

Academic Analytics also looked at individual departments this year and five UMSL departments ranked above the 85th percentile nationally when compared to others in their discipline. Those departments are: counselor education, information systems, criminology and criminal justice, social work, and philosophy.

Academic Analytics compiles data from the primary areas of scholarly research including: books, journal articles, citations, research funding by federal agencies and honorary awards presented to faculty. Data from more than 270,000 faculty members at more than 385 universities in the United States and the United Kingdom is studied. The data enables universities to compare at a discipline-by-discipline level as well as overall university performance.

Maureen Zegel

Maureen Zegel