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Michigan Tech Forestry PhD Program Ranked Fourth in the U.S.

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By Marcia Goodrich


Last Modified 3:41 PM, July 20, 2009

January 15, 2007—

Michigan Tech's forestry doctoral program is among the top 10 in the nation, according to figures released Monday, Jan. 8, by Academic Analytics.

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science ranked fourth in the U.S. based on scholarly productivity, a measure of research activity. Academic Analytics developed the rankings by analyzing 2005 data on faculty publications, which it compiles in its Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.

"We're very pleased with the results of the Academic Analytics study," said David Reed, provost and vice president of research. "However, I'm not completely surprised. The forestry faculty are exceptionally productive, and they deserve this recognition."

Unlike other ranking organizations, such as U.S News & World Report, which rely heavily on a graduate programs' reputation, the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index is based solely on measurable criteria.

"We have worked very hard to create an intense and exciting scholarly atmosphere that significantly influences all our educational programs," said Margaret Gale, dean of the School. "But most of all, we have a very creative group of faculty, staff and student scholars, and we are extremely proud that their scholarly efforts are being recognized nationally."

The 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index ranks 7,294 individual doctoral programs in 104 disciplines at 354 institutions. It also ranks institutions in broader categories, such as the humanities and biological sciences, as well as institutions as a whole.

Yale University was first in the forestry category, with Michigan State University, the only other Michigan school in the top 10, ranking sixth.

Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science offers PhD degrees in Forest Science and in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. Other forestry programs include Master of Science degrees in Forestry, in Forest Ecology and Management and in Applied Ecology, and in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology; Master of Forestry; and bachelor's degrees in forestry, in wildlife ecology and management, and in applied ecology.

For more information on the Academic Analytics Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, visit http://www.academicanalytics.com/ .

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.