The National Research Council rankings and evaluation of more than 5,000 American graduate programs in 62 fields of study from 212 universities was released in September 2010. Loyola’s history department ranked right up there with some perennially top-ranked programs such as Wisconsin, Yale and UCLA.
The report includes two "ranges of rankings" for each program, and considerable data about faculty research productivity and student experiences. Loyola University Chicago’s History Department demonstrated impressive improvement, falling within a range of 33 to 64 out of 138 programs and roughly equal to the University of Wisconsin and Emory University. In the last such national evaluation in 1995, Loyola University Chicago was ranked 79.5 of 111 programs.
Loyola’s History Department was also among the top 35 programs (excluding History of Science programs) in faculty productivity. Loyola’s rate of 11.69 publications per faculty member placed the Department within the same range as Wisconsin (12.52), UCLA (12.28), Georgetown (12.23), Penn State (12.04), Yale (11.66), Emory (11.39), Michigan (11.25), Nebraska (10.66), and Illinois (10.52), and ahead of UC Berkeley (9.68), Southern California (9.55), Ohio State (9.34), Fordham (9.02), Boston College (8.53), Indiana (8.19), Illinois at Chicago (8.09), Northwestern (7.27) and Cornell (7.43).
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In January, 2007, the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index announced that the history department of Loyola University ranked sixth in the nation in scholarly productivity. The Index is financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by the for-profit company Academic Analytics. The index rates the scholarly output of nearly 7,300 doctoral programs in the United States. The current rankings are based on publications in 2005. Loyola's history department was tied for sixth with New York University. The top 10 (in order of rank) were Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Maryland, Yale, Loyola and NYU, Ohio State, Rice and Northwestern.
The index attempts to offer a transparent ranking and an objective assessment of university programs. The index complies journal publications, citation data, books, grant information from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and prizes awarded by more than 50 organizations including the Nobel Prizes and MacArthur fellowships. Variables are weighed differently depending on the programs.
The Jan. 12 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education contains lists of the top departments in 104 fields, as ranked by their 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, based on faculty publications, grants, honors, awards, etc.
Here is the ranked list for history:
- Princeton University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Harvard University
- University of Maryland at College Park
- Yale University
- Loyola University Chicago
- New York University
- Ohio State University
- Rice University
- Northwestern University