A British-based organization that ranks research institutions based on a number of factors recently released its ranking of agricultural colleges worldwide, revealing Purdue University's College of Agriculture as sixth in the overall ranking.
Reporting the good marks, Purdue College of Agriculture Dean Jay Akridge notes that it lines up with what they hear from stakeholders and people who use the university. It's also gratifying since Purdue has worked hard to put together and maintain a top-flight research and teaching institution.
Akridge says it also serves as a testament to the hard work of staff and students who make the university function at a high level. Support from people who use Purdue resources, and support from those who provide funding, including the Indiana General Assembly, are also important. The legislature granted a large portion of Purdue College of Agriculture's request for extra funding to move ahead in specific areas during tough financial times.
The rankings are based on the number and kind of research papers produced, plus the opinion of other leading observers across the country.
The University of California Davis, which includes both agriculture and forestry, as does Purdue, was named as the top ag school in the world, followed by a Dutch University, then Cornell University, then University of Wisconsin and Texas A &M University.
Purdue's College of Agriculture ranked ahead of several other Midwest and U.S. institutions, which were also recognized by the British group. Those included Oregon State, Penn State and Iowa State Universities, at 8th, 9th and 10th, respectively, plus North Carolina State, Michigan State and Illinois, at 14th, 16th and 17th place.
Also ranked in the top 25 amongst U.S. university ag schools or colleges were the University of Florida at 23rd and Colorado State University at 24th.