In a memo to the University on Nov. 29th, Provost Kenneth Furton and VP Andres Gil announced that “For the first time, we have reached top 100 ranking in five STEM categories (a BOG Preeminence criterion), with Computer Science ranked 39th, Psychology ranked 44th, Environmental Sciences 77th, Engineering ranked 83rd, and Social Sciences ranked 86th”, according to the NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey released this past November 17 for fiscal year 2015.
The Higher Education Research and Development Survey tracks R&D expenditures by Universities and Colleges in the US. The survey compiles R&D expenditures by source of funds, type of research, and other expenses such as personnel.
The announcement was made as part of the launch of a new initiative called the Faculty Research Incentives Program (FRIP) for incentives concerning faculty external research funding and patenting, and adds incentives for High Value Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, which are important for University rankings. These incentives are key elements of the university strategic plan designed to achieve BOG Emerging Preeminence and Preeminence designation.