Assessing University of Hawaii Faculty Research

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Editor's note: This is the second in a four-part series on research at the University of Hawaii and its potential to drive the state's economy. Bruce Stevenson, former CEO of Pacific Health Research Institute, contributed to the research for this series.

There's a strong correlation between the quality of a university's original research and its academic standing. Measures of how well a university maximizes the public's investment, therefore, are faculty productivity and research quality.

We examined faculty output at UH; the University of Vermont; the University of California, San Diego; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Wisconsin. (Read why those were selected.7)

We narrowed our study to three of the most familiar and telling benchmarks: publications, federal grants and faculty stature. We compared the universities’ research productivity in these areas by normalizing to faculty numbers and state funding levels.

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