ASU #11 in world for education in 2017 ranking

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, ranks ASU No. 11 in the world in the subject area of education. This is the second recent accolade for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, whose graduate education programs are ranked No. 11 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Since 2009, the ARWU has been an influential ranking of universities that measures research production and impact by academic field. This year’s survey marks the first time ARWU has included education as a subject under its field category of social science.

“Education research at ASU is transdisciplinary,” said Punya Mishra, associate dean for scholarship and innovation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. “It includes areas that range from developmental psychology and pedagogical practice to the politics and economics of education. It also includes technology, game design and many other fields.”

The ARWU methodology takes into account factors such as the number of papers authored by faculty at an institution, the frequency with which those papers are cited by other scholars, the percentage of research publications that involve international collaboration and the number of papers published in recognized top journals in a given field.

“The Shanghai ranking is gratifying,” said Mishra. “It’s a significant gauge of academic output and quality. It’s an indicator that we are meeting the preconditions for delivering still more research that has a positive and measurable impact on learner outcomes and experience in schools and other environments where teaching and learning happen.”