Statistics Sources

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Office of Institutional Research and Academic Planning
"The Office of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (OIRAP) gathers, analyzes, and uses data to inform institutional planning, policy development and decision-making." The OIRAP website provides data about institutional characteristics, including the Rutgers "Fact Book" and "Dashboard Indicators," and a variety of reports and surveys about Rutgers.


Academic Libraries: 2010 (National Center for Education Statistics)
The Academic Libraries: 2010 First Look summarizes services, staff, collections, and expenditures of academic libraries in 2- and 4-year, degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Academic Library Statistics (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Data is given for universities awarding associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. Data categories are for collections expenditures, staffing, degrees, faculty, enrollment, etc. An interesting data category is for digitization activities.

Annual Surveys (Association of Research Libraries)
"ARL Statistics is a series of annual publications that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities for ARL member libraries." Data is given by institution and in the aggregate. An online interactive edition that allows comparisons among institutions or over a period of years is available.

Compare Academic Libraries (National Center for Education Statistics)
"Use this site to create reports comparing one library of interest to other libraries." Each Rutgers campus is listed separately.

Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, sustainable, Practical Assessment
This website presents archived papers from the 2010 Baltimore, Maryland conference on library assessment as well as information about past conferences.

Salary Surveys and Fact Sheets (ALA-APA)
The ALA Allied Professional Association conducts and provides results from surveys about workplace wellness and salaries. Improving the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers is one of APA’s prime activities.

Higher Education


Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment (NC State University)

Ranking Systems Clearinghouse (Institute for Higher Education Policy)

Selected Rankings

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy)
number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution. More than 1000 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published on the web. Universities are also ranked by five discipline areas and five subject.

Admissions and Enrollment Management
This publication identifies good practices in graduate admissions and graduate enrollment management. Topics addressed include organizational structures and university-wide policies and procedures, departmental guidelines, and legal and financial issues. This 2012 revision includes new discussion of: "enrollment management" as opposed to a narrow "admissions" approach, international student recruiting, and recent changes affecting affirmative action/diversity efforts."

America's Best Colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
U.S. News & World Report carries out this annual survey to help college-bound students choose the right college. Data includes information on retention and graduation rates, class size, selectivity of students admitted, and finances. The peer assessment score has made the survey controversial in recent years.

America's Best Graduate Schools (U.S. News & World Report)
Data from more than 12,000 graduate programs were collected for the 2009 rankings. The report is arranged by discipline, and the methodologies used vary by discipline group. Rutgers is ranked in the library sciences, criminology, English, and history groups.

Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE)
AAUDE "is a public service organization whose purpose is to improve the quality and usability of information about higher education. Our membership is comprised of AAU institutions that support this purpose and participate in the exchange of data/information to support decision-making at their institution." The website offers links to national and institutional data resources and publications.

AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey (Association of University Technology Managers) "The AUTM Licensing Survey Summary is a standard for technology transfer professionals and public sector individuals that desire data on academic intellectual property licensing activities in the U.S. and Canada." The text describes national activity while the appendix gives data by institution for licensing FTE, research expenditures, licenses executed and active, invention disclosures, patents issued and patent applications, and income. Data for Rutgers is included.

Condition of Education
This website is an integrated collection of the indicators and analyses published in "The Condition of Education." Some indicators may have been updated since they appeared in print.

Dimensions and Use of the Scholarly Information Environment: A Data Set Assembled by the Digital Library Federation and Outsell, Inc. (Digital Library Federation and the Council on Library and Information Resources, 2002)

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) (National Center for Education Statistics)"
"IPEDS is the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES. Data are collected from all primary providers of postsecondary education in the country in areas including enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty, staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid."

NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
NCHEMS gives comparative data for states and counties and provides studies on special topics, race/ethnicity, and policy questions. It is possible to generate your own data and maps.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2016 (NCES)
Provides projections of enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures at the national, regional, and state levels for elementary and secondary schools and enrollment and degrees conferred at the national level for degree-granting institutions.

The QS World University Rankings (Times Higher Education Supplement)
The QS World University Rankings are compiled based on six indicators: academic peer review, employer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty, and international students.

Top American Research Universities: Annual Reports (The Center for Measuring University Performance)
The top 25, 50, and 200 research universities are identified and ranked by nine performance measures. Additional tables rank public and private research universities separately. Data for additional measures are compiled for institutions with substantial federal research expenditures. All data used is from public sources. In the 2010 report, Rutgers ranked in the top 25 nationally on at least one of the nine measures and in the top 25 among all public universities on at least one of the nine measures.

Top Research Universities Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This index examines faculty members who are listed on a Ph.D. program's websites. The productivity of each faculty member is judged on as many as five factors, depending on the most important variables in the given discipline: books published, journal publications, citations of journal articles, federal-grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards. For each discipline, weights are assigned to each variable. The score given allows the performance of programs to be compared across disciplines.

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC))
Published twice each year in January and June since 2004, the various rankings are based on the Web presence of the institutions included. "Web presence measures the activity and visibility of the institutions and it is a good indicator of impact and prestige of universities. Rank summarizes the global performance of the University, provides information for candidate students and scholars, and reflects the commitment to the dissemination of scientific knowledge. As of 2012, Rutgers ranks 40th in the world.


DataUniverse: Local, State and Federal Information at your Fingertips (Home News Tribune and the Courier News)
Included are statistics for public payroll, retirees, federal earmarks, election records, property sales, crime reports, SAT results, and much more.

Survey Sources

ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment (Association of Research Libraries)
"ClimateQUAL® is an assessment of library staff perceptions concerning (a) their library's commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. It is an online survey with questions designed to understand the impact perceptions have on service quality in a library setting."

The Rutgers University Libraries used LibQUAL+(R) to gather user opinion during the spring 2005 semester. The results, which were incorporated into the Libraries current strategic plan, are available on the staff website at:

MINES for Libraries
"Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES) is an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on the purpose of use of electronic resources and the demographics of users". The survey instrument is under development by the Association of Research Libraries, and the Rutgers University Libraries have agreed to collaborate on developing its use with EZproxy.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
"NCHEMS offers the following surveys: SOIS - Student Outcomes Information Surveys; CAAS - Comprehensive Alumni Assessment Surveys; and IPS - Institutional Performance Survey."

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