The School of Social Work was ranked No. 1 in the world, according to a report issued this week by the Center for World University Rankings. Forty five of the University of Washington science and social science disciplines placed in the top 10. CWUR uses eight objective and robust indicators to rank the world's top 1,000 universities:
- Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university's alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university's size [25%]
- Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university's alumni who have held CEO positions at the world's top companies relative to the university's size [25%]
- Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals [25%]
- Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals [5%]
- Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals [5%]
- Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers [5%]
- Broad Impact, measured by the university's h-index [5%]
- Patents, measured by the number of international patent filings [5%]
“This recognition is a high honor,” said School of Social Work Dean Eddie Uehara. “It's a testament to our academic strength, which supports continued classroom innovation and our ablity to create real impact in the communities we serve.”
Last year, the School of Social Work was ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. To determine that ranking, U.S. News surveyed 206 social work schools and programs, using peer assessments conducted by surveys sent to deans, program directors, department chairs and faculty members at accredited social work degree programs nationwide.
According to the just-released CWUR report, 45 disciplines offered at the University were ranked in the top-10 among global universities. Among institutions with the most top-10 programs, the University placed ninth worldwide. The rankings were based on studying the top universities worldwide in 227 subject areas covering all science and social science disciplines. This is the highest ranking the University has received in a global subject ranking.