The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSPI) is a metric designed to create benchmark standards for the measurement of academic and scholarly quality among US research universities. The index is partly financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics. Following are some of the highly ranked US colleges and universities:

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - According to the FSPI 2007, UCR's environmental sciences program ranked 3rd in the nation and the soil science program offered by the Department of Environmental Sciences ranked 4th. Other top 10 rankings included: 4th in entomology; 5th in natural resources and conservation; 10th in plant pathology; 10th in botany and plant biology.

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry - It has been ranked among the nation's top colleges and universities for scholarly work. FSPI lists ESF 5th among colleges and universities in the category of “Specialized Research Universities—Applied Sciences” and 8th in the subcategory of “Fisheries Science and Management”.

Cornell University - The Departments of Food Science, Information Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are rated No. 1 in the country in their fields, according to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, based on data from 2005.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) - The Department of Computer Science at UNC performed very well on this index, rated at 10th. The department also came in notably higher on some specific measures such as citations per faculty (5th), and average value of new grants (4th).

Vanderbilt University - Vanderbilt Peabody College's doctoral programs in educational leadership and special education were ranked 1st in scholarly production among other departments at research universities in the United States. The educational psychology program was ranked 2nd and its teacher education and professional development program was ranked 6th.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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