In just six days, the Association for Education Finance and Policy will host its 40th annual conference. This year’s conference will be held in frigid Washington D.C. If you are in the area and need to warm up, I suggest you stop in to the Washington Marriott Wardman Park conference rooms. You can bask in the glow of the AEFP Conference Stars. You should also stick around for session 10.11 – What is in Store for the Common Core: The Politics and Policy of Implementation. The gloves may come off as Morgan Polikoff, Ashley Jochim, Mike McShane, and I square off on this hot topic. Oh, and some guy named Andy Smarick will be serving as the moderator, so it should be a good time.
Now, let’s get to what you’ve all been waiting for. Which universities have the best education policy programs? This is my second ranking of ed policy programs and the criteria remain the same as last year. My simple metric is the number of first authors on papers and posters. I have scoured the program and here is what I found.
|2015 Ranking (2014 Ranking)||University||Number of Papers||Number of Posters||Total (∆)|
|1 (1)||Vanderbilt||21||5||26 (+1)|
|2 (8)||University of Virginia||16||5||21 (+8)|
|3 (7)||Michigan State University||15||5||20 (+7)|
|4 (3)||University of Arkansas||13||7||20 (+1)|
|5 (5)||Stanford University||17||2||19 (+3)|
|6 (6)||Columbia University||11||6||17 (+2)|
|7 (2)||University of Southern California||13||4||17 (-6)|
|8 (NA)||Harvard University||16||16 (NA)|
|9 (NA)||New York University||9||3||12 (NA)|
|10 (10)||University of Missouri||6||3||9 (-1)|
You’ll notice that 8 of the top 10 education policy programs are repeats from last year with a little jostling in place. Washington and Wisconsin dropped from the list. That may be partly due to counting errors last year. It is possible that I miscounted presenters from those universities by not correctly distinguishing between individuals at different universities, e.g. the University of Washington and those at the University of Washington – Bothel.
Once again, Vanderbilt’s program remains at the top with a combined total of 26 first authorships. The University of Virginia jumped from 8th place to 2nd by increasing their paper total by 8. Number 3 Michigan State University also made a big jump from 7th to 3rd.
Combined, these 10 institutions contribute roughly 39 percent of all papers at the conference.
Congratulations to all the schools on the list and I’ll see you in a week.