OSU Rankings in R&D Expenditures

August 4, 2005, an OSU news release reported that OSU had in 2003 moved into 10th place among public universities, up from 12th place, and into 15th place among all research universities, public and private, up from 18th place.

"This is a remarkable achievement for the university and a tremendous testament to the work of our research faculty," said Karen A. Holbrook, president of Ohio State. "Their scholarship and expertise are the reason we are one of the nation's top research institutions."

Robert McGrath explained ""OSU moved ahead of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the University of California at Davis, and Texas A&M, all highly respected research universities. Ohio State increased its research expenditures by 14.8 percent between 2002 and 2003. During that period only three other top 20 universities had large rates of growth, and the average increase for all institutions outside the top 20 was 10.1 percent."

The actual data can be found at the NSF. The August 2003 reports for federal- and total- expenditures are available here. [Note: these are large files and load slowly.]

Below is some analysis that explains the growth has been in non-federal expenditures. In federal expenditures, OSU has not grown; indeed it is not growing as fast as not only its benchmark competitors but also all universities. The growth has been in non-federal expenditures -- namely, those that do not measure our scholarly reputation against benchmark institutions. The hope that these steadily increasing non-federal funds would help position OSU to take off in the federal competition is not visible yet.

In summary, OSU has since 1996 been among the top five public universities in non-federal expenditures; it was 4th in 2003, whereas it was 39th in federal. These two combined to put it in the top 10. OSU's success in competing for non-federal funds is summarized here, using NSF data.

2003 Rank of Non-Federal Expenditures Best Publics


           In Millions of US Dollars
   U/Yr   96   97   98   99   00   01   02   03 O3-TotRank 03-FedRank
 1 UCLA  162  183  195  226  257  381  421  428       1       5
 2 UWI   187  186  194  250  276  300  317  325       3       8
 3 UCSF  122  137  147  184  194  247  270  300       5       11
 4 OSU   170  167  166  188  229  230  255  298      10       39 <<==
 5 UCD   137  162  164  183  223  277  280  274      18       32
 6 UCB   209  218  229  261  310  238  257  269       9       27
 7 UMI   202  187  163  174  188  204  229  263       2       3
 8 UCSD   85  138  127  170  193  213  226  246       6       7
 9 PSU   149  155  164  180  202  212  208  232       7       19
10 UIUC  141  130  143  172  180  196  213  227      16       24
11 UMN   164  163  153  164  181  198  199  215       8       22
12 UAZ   131  133  124  142  158  168  179  196      21       25
13 UWA    97   89   70  115  140  155  140  119       4       2
14 UTA    91   87   80   93   94  100  102  112      32       28
15 UNC    64   67   52   70   74   82  116  110      29       23
16 UCo    92   78   67   74   53   57   59   59      24       10
17 UAL    78   53   62   67   58   37   39   39      46       26

Note: The 03-TotRank and 03-FedRank are for all universities; public and private. The rankings on the left for non-federal expenditures include those publics above OSU in 03 Federal Expenditures.

Note:Original date can be found at Academic Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2003

Washington Monthly Rankings

For difference view see College Guide that is based on "three central criteria: Universities should be engines of social mobility, they should produce the academic minds and scientific research that advance knowledge and drive economic growth, and they should inculcate and encourage an ethic of service."


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