University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 87
The Center for Measuring University Performance: Top American Research Universities, 2005 to 2008

Number of Measures in Top 25 (max = 9)
  2005 2006 2007 2008
Berkeley 8 8 8 7
Davis 2 2 2 2
Irvine   1    
Los Angeles 7 7 7 7
San Francisco 6 6 6 6
San Diego 5 5 5 5
Santa Barbara   1 1 1
Santa Cruz        
U of Illinois 5 5 4 4
U of Michigan 8 8 8 8
SUNY at Buffalo        
U of Virginia 2 2 2 2
Harvard 8 9 9 8
MIT 9 9 9 9
Stanford 9 9 9 9
Yale 7 7 7 8

The Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University ranks the Top American Research Universities (defined as those with at least $20 million in research expenditures) into two tiers: 1-25 and 26-50.

The Center places institutions into one of two clusters according to how many times they rank in the top 25 (or top 50) on one of nine measures-total research, federal research, endowment assets, annual giving, National Academy members, faculty awards, doctorates granted, postdoctoral appointees and SAT/ACT scores. Institutions that score in the top 25 on at least one measure fall into its top tier.

In 2008, six UC campuses-Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Barbara-were listed in the top tier among American research universities.

Unlike U.S. News and World Report rankings, The Center relies exclusively on objective measures and does not include academic reputation in its ranking scheme. However, its rankings are biased toward institutions with large medical centers since both total and federal research expenditures are heavily influenced by NIH funding, which primarily funds health sciences research. Data from The Center also are not normalized by faculty size, resulting in lower rankings for smaller institutions.

Source: The Center for Measuring University Performance. Additional information can be found at:

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