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The Comparative Database:

The Academic Analytics Database (AAD) includes information on over 270,000 faculty members associated with more than 9,000 Ph.D. programs and 10,000 departments at more than 385 universities in the United States and abroad. These data are structured so that they can be used to enable comparisons at a discipline-by-discipline level as well as overall university performance. The data include the primary areas of scholarly research accomplishment:

  1. the publication of scholarly work as books and journal articles
  2. citations to published journal articles
  3. research funding by federal agencies
  4. honorific awards bestowed upon faculty members

Academic Analytics also aggregates faculty lists for academic units beyond Ph.D. programs and departments at many universities, and continues to expand this effort. These units are typically centers, institutes, or federal laboratories that are not captured in the Ph.D. Program and Department comparative database, but represent faculty at each university that are actively engaged in scholarly research. We have mapped these additional academic units to our taxonomy of academic disciplines, and are able to produce reports that include these units in a comparative, national context at the client’s request.

Our Online Portal:

Academic Analytics accurate and comprehensive database is accessible through our unique online Portal. The portal offers more than 40 different tables, charts, and data cutting tools facilitating rapid radaranswers to common questions that our data can help solve, as well as unique visualizations that provide an opportunity for the discovery of previously unrecognized data, trends, patterns, and centers of strength and weakness at your university.

Academic Analytics' unique "flower chart" affords the viewer a visualization of the overall productivity of the faculty within a given academic discipline. Variables on different scales (per capita, per grant dollar, per publication, etc.) and measuring different areas of scholarly productivity can be viewed simultaneously on a single comparative scale based on national benchmarks for the discipline. This powerful graphic facilitates rapid identification of the strongest and weakest areas in a given academic discipline on your campus.

Faculty Counts:

Academic Analytics recently added Faculty Counts (Counts) as a robust add-on to our standard comparative dataset. Counts provides a numerical summary of productivity on a person-by-person basis. Counts provides an expanded view of our comparative dataset by displaying information at the person level. The display includes a numeric tally of each faculty member’s total scholarly productivity in each of the five areas of scholarly research (journal articles, citations, books, research grants and honorific awards) measured by Academic Analytics.

Counts include all of your faculty members listed under the discipline(s) with which they are affiliated on campus. Faculty names are displayed with Academic Analytics unique identifier number (AAUID), the faculty member’s title, and the number of journal articles, citations, books, grants, (as well as dollar amount awarded from those grants), and honorific awards credited to each person.

counts In addition to your faculty members' counts, each variable is also presented as a national quantile. For every variable in each academic discipline you can see your faculty listed among the national quartile, quintile, decile, and vigintile summaries, facilitating comparisons of your faculty members to national benchmarks.