THE rankings say BU is getting better and better.
That’s THE as in Times Higher Education magazine, which bumped the University up four spots, to 50th, in its latest report card on what it calls the top 400 universities worldwide. The University was the 30th highest ranked American school on the list, which was topped, as last year, by the California Institute of Technology.
THE (formerly part of the Times of London) uses 13 criteria to compile the ratings. The criteria are grouped in five areas—teaching, international outlook, research, research income from industry, and citations of faculty research—and BU most impressed the raters on the last one, which THE dubs its “flagship” indicator of excellence.
“We examine research influence by capturing the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally,” its website says. “This year, our data supplier, Thomson Reuters, examined more than 50 million citations to 6 million journal articles, published over five years,” in assembling the rankings.
In a nutshell, these measures “reflect faculty productivity,” says Melanie Madaio-O’Brien, assistant vice president for budget and institutional research. “For example, the score on research volume, income, and reputation increased, as did our score reflecting the number of citations. These measures are reflections of the quality of our faculty.”
Among New England peers BU outstripped in the rankings were Brown (52nd), Tufts (80th), Dartmouth (126th), the University of Massachusetts (132nd), Boston College (135th), Brandeis (164th), and Northeastern (184th). Again as last year, the United States boasts 7 of the top 10 institutions; the United Kingdom claims the other 3.