March 25, 2012
A Retired Professor's Research Rankings Get Universities' Attention
Davis Turner for The Chronicle
Universities just love comparing themselves. And one of the most widely recognized measures of the strength of an academic research department is the amount of grant money it takes in.
But nearly a decade ago, the National Institutes of Health, the largest federal provider of basic research money to universities, stopped publishing grant-based rankings, after concluding that it wasn't worth the trouble and didn't fit its mission.
Into the breach stepped