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CNR Tops New Rankings

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Berkeley academics often greet college rankings with a healthy dose of skepticism—despite occupying top slots year after year. That’s because most rankings are based more on reputation than any real measure of excellence.

But a relatively new ranking system called the “Scholarly Productivity Index” may provide a more credible measurement. Assessed by the private company Academic Analytics, this index bases its results on serious data, including faculty publications, federal-grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards.

The results, published early this year in The Chronicle of Higher Education, are no surprise: The faculty of CNR’s doctoral programs ranked among the highest in their fields—and CNR’s plant biology faculty was named the most productive in the nation.

-Cyril Manning

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