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Graduate School and Program Rankings Released for 2013

According to new data released by Academic Analytics, an independent evaluator of doctoral programs nationwide, Baylor Graduate School is continuing its steady climb toward national prominence. Academic Analytics released its annual program rankings in April, and results indicate continued progress for the Graduate School as a whole and numerous bright spots throughout Baylor's programs.

Academic Analytics attempts to quantify a school's scholarly productivity, long believed to be a key indicator of a doctoral program's strength. Data is collected each year using a wide array of factors that includes publications, citations, grants, and awards. The key difference between Academic Analytics and other ranking systems is that Academic Analytics publishes new data every year. The National Research Council, for example, has published two reports in the last seventeen years.

For graduate schools like Baylor that are undergoing rapid growth, Academic Analytics becomes an invaluable tool for identifying strengths and weaknesses and measuring progress. The new rankings are updated to include faculty performance data through 2011.

Baylor is the nation's 15th best comprehensive doctoral university in a small research setting, continuing a series of Top 20 rankings dating back to 2007. Despite the relatively small size of the Graduate School, Baylor ranks well in comparison to the nearly 400 institutions evaluated by Academic Analytics - ranking as one of the ten best private schools in the nation of its type, in the second quartile overall, and ninth in Texas.

Individually, many of Baylor's twenty-two graduate programs rank among the best in their disciplines -

Exercise, Nutrition, and Preventive Health - 10th overall
Business - Information Systems - 15th overall
Religion - 18th overall
Biomedical Studies - 20th overall
Educational Psychology - 35th overall
Sociology - 42nd out of 123 programs in its field
Philosophy - 50th out of 114 programs in its field

In addition, Biology and Mathematics made the biggest moves from last year's rankings. Biology moved up 23 places, and Mathematics jumped up 18 places, just outside of the second quartile.