Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, April 13, 2017

UW #6 worldwide for public administration subject area

UW #6 worldwide for public administration subject area

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked sixth for public administration in the inaugural Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) by subject area, released in April 2017. The rankings for 227 subjects are based on a 10-year average of publications in top-ranked journals.

“This is a wonderful recognition of the efforts of our faculty over the last decade. We are proud of the quality of our faculty’s work in public administration. Any ranking has its own quirks, but this is the third worldwide ranking in recent years that has identified us as a top-10 institution.” Director and Professor Don Moynihan said.

Previous assessments ranked UW-Madison as second in publication journals from 2009-2013, while a 2014 survey published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education ranked the campus fourth for public administration research.

In the CWUR rankings, UW–Madison also ranked highly in several related subject areas, including those where La Follette faculty and faculty affiliates work: demography (2), sociology (6), green & sustainable science & technology (8), and education & educational research (9).

“Part of my research area is to study performance rankings, and I generally caution that one should manage for the mission and not the ranking,” Moynihan said. “That said, it’s gratifying when those rankings confirm that we are doing well in our efforts to be a great institution for research, teaching, and service.”

The United States accounted for 45 percent of the 365 institutions receiving at least one top-10 subject-area ranking. UW–Madison had 18 top-10 placements among all 227 academic disciplines in the sciences and social sciences.

In 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked the La Follette School 13th among 272 master’s degree programs in public affairs. La Follette also ranked highly in these subject areas: social policy (2), health policy and management (8), public management and administration (8), public policy analysis (10), and environmental policy and management (13).

CWUR began its rankings in 2012, and UW–Madison has ranked 25th worldwide since 2014. UW–Madison ranked 19th nationally in 2016.

CWUR publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students, the prestige of faculty members, and the quality of research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.