Ohio State University is now one of the top 10 public research universities in the country, based on rankings just posted by the National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics.
The university moved into 10th place among public universities, up from 12th place, and into 15th place among all research universities, public and private, up from 18th place. The report is based on total research expenditures for Fiscal Year 2002-2003, the latest information available.
Through this achievement, Ohio State fulfills a major goal set by the institution’s leadership to earn inclusion into this select tier of public research universities.
“This is a remarkable achievement for the university and a tremendous testament to the work of our research faculty,” said Karen A. Holbrook, president of Ohio State. “Their scholarship and expertise are the reason we are one of the nation’s top research institutions.”
Reaching the top 10 among public research universities is only the latest in a series of milestones that the university has passed in recent years. Last year, Ohio State announced it had passed the half billion dollar mark in total research awards. In FY 2005 its total awards rose to $552.7 million, an increase of 4.7 percent. And Ohio State ranks sixth in the country among all universities for industry-sponsored research, according to the NSF.
“Attaining a spot on the top 10 list is a remarkable achievement considering that the competition for research funding has intensified dramatically in recent years,” said Robert McGrath, senior vice president for research at Ohio State. “OSU moved ahead of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the University of California at Davis, and Texas A&M, all highly respected research universities. Ohio State increased its research expenditures by 14.8 percent between 2002 and 2003. During that period only three other top 20 universities had large rates of growth, and the average increase for all institutions outside the top 20 was 10.1 percent.”
McGrath cited prior State of Ohio investments in R&D and the Third Frontier program as major factors in expanding the university’s overall research programs.
“For every million dollars the state invests, Ohio State leverages another $8 million from federal and industrial sponsors,” McGrath said. “OSU’s half-billion-dollar research program supports more than 15,000 local jobs, according to a study by the American Association of Universities. We can add to this a healthy number of high-tech, high-paying jobs that are created as new research technologies move into the commercial marketplace.”
The university’s attainment of “top 10” status among American public research universities has a direct effect on recruiting both top quality new faculty and excellent students to the institution.
“We know that the best teachers and researchers want to be part of the best institutions,” said President Holbrook. “And when they are here, they attract the best and brightest students to campus, who learn from world-class experts in more than 100 academic fields.”
“Ohio State University’s undergraduate research program gives our students the opportunity to be part of the discovery process for new advances and innovations,” Holbrook said. “By doing research, they contribute to the university’s success in discovery.”
The NSF annually looks at more than 620 research institutions that receive more than $150,000 in grants and contracts for research and development in science and engineering to determine this ranking. It is considered one of the major measures of excellence in ranking university research.