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Askew School Ranks High in Public Administration Research

A study of program publishing records by two Dutch scholars concluded that the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy ranked third in faculty research productivity among public administration programs throughout the world, an achievement particularly noteworthy in light of the Askew School’s faculty size, smaller than many of the other programs in the study. Steven Van de Walle and Roxanne Van Delft of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam looked at the highest ranked journals in terms of their impacts as well as international journals. The study was published in the International Public Management Journal.

Earlier in the summer of 2014, an empirical study found that the research impact of the Askew faculty ranked in the top 10 nationally and in the top 20 in the world.

The study generated by the School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University and published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, measured the numbers of peer-reviewed research articles published in the world’s most cited journals in the field over a five-year period. The analysis also took into account the overall impact these journals have among practitioners and researchers in public administration and policy.

Among the 270+ public administration and policy programs in U.S. universities and hundreds more in other countries, the Askew School came in at #18 in a top 20 international list that included such institutions as the London School of Economics and Political Science (#2), the University of Oxford (#10), and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (#12). In the national rankings, the Askew School placed at 10, along with the University of Georgia’s renowned Carl Vinson Institute of Government (#1), Harvard (#5), and the University of California, Berkeley (#6).

The Askew School’s research impact relative to the size of its faculty and support staff is especially impressive. Leaving out Harvard, which has more than 260 names listed as faculty at the Kennedy School, the average faculty size of the other 9 university’s in the domestic top 10 list is 27; the Askew School currently has 10 faculty members. The average number of persons on the support staffs of those universities is roughly 14; the Askew School has 3 staff members.

Since the mid-1980s, Florida State University’s public administration faculty has been repeatedly ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. in studies of research productivity using various mixes of journals. In U.S. News and World Report’s influential annual rankings of top universities, the Askew School is the #1 public affairs program in Florida and #16 nationally; it is #1 in public policy analysis in the state and #28 nationally.