Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2001 Progress Report

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Graduate Experience & Research

Research & Graduate Programs Infrastructure

Similar to 2000, Georgia State is on the list of the top 200 research universities compiled by the Center at the University of Florida. To be listed among the top 100 [150] universities in the 2001 publication, we would have needed over $50 [20] million in federal research expenditures or over $100 [46] million in total research expenditures. Our research expenditures were $14.3M and $36.5M, respectively. We are on the list of the top 100 public universities in two indicators: doctoral degrees awarded and postdoctoral appointees. We are on the list of the top 200 public and private universities in five of the ten indicators.

Publicized rankings demonstrated progress in establishing Georgia State as a nationally recognized institution. Economics was ranked 5th nationally by NSF in federal research expenditures, psychology 9th, sociology 20th, political science 45th and the social sciences 21st. The College of Arts and Sciences ranked 48th similar units in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, with the Biology department being 28th among its peer departments.

According to an article in Chemical and Engineering News (2001) (in the latest NSF data available), the chemistry department was ranked 2nd nationally in the number of African?American Ph.D. graduates in Chemistry.

The Ph.D. program in English was ranked in the top quartile nationally in terms of student satisfaction in a survey funded by the Sloane Foundation.

Georgia State strengthened its position as a rising institution of excellence in science and health-related fields. The Georgia Research Alliance funded the Infectious Disease Cluster and the Functional Genomics Cluster, as well as improvements in biotechnology core facilities. The Gates Foundation funded development of new drugs to treat African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis, diseases infecting or killing millions of people worldwide.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the Chemistry department to organize workshops to improve scientific education at two- and four-year colleges across the country. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders funded Communication faculty to study augmented language intervention for toddlers.

Georgia State celebrated the dedication of its Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) array of telescopes at Mount Wilson in California, capable of resolving details equivalent to the size of a nickel seen from a distance of 10,000 miles, and arguably the most powerful instrument of its kind in the world.

Georgia Research Alliance and Beckman Instruments funding culminated in the dedication of the CollabTech Biotechnology Development Center housing four start-up companies. NSF and Lucent Technologies funding supported the creation of the Regional Laser Ablation Mass Spectrometry facility for research in geochemistry, biogeochemistry, environmental sciences, biotechnology, and material sciences.

A Public Health Institute, a university wide initiative, was established in October 2001 and will provide a platform for enhanced public health research and policy.

Overall grant activity is captured in Tables 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 that list research indicators, grants received by college, internal grant support, federal obligations, and grant proposals submitted/funded by college.

Research & Graduate Programs Infrastructure

Emphasis has been placed on development of programs and systems that are needed to facilitate grant application and administration and to ensure compliance with federal regulations regarding administration of grants and contracts. A proposal to renegotiate the indirect cost rate with DHSS is being developed. The internal grants programs are being evaluated for effectiveness.

Graduate Indicators

Graduate process indicators related to percent of hours taught by tenure track and full-time faculty are given in Table 14. Graduate degrees awarded and pass rates on the law bar examination are some graduate output indicators given in Table 15.

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