International Survey of Research University Faculty: Evaluation of Faculty Activity Reporting Systems (ISBN No:978-157440-447-0 )


The study presents detailed data on how faculty evaluate the efforts of their university to report on and publicize their research findings and other activities.  The report gives specific data for how scholars feel about the efforts of their Offices of Research, the University Library, Department of Information Technology, University Public Relations, the Institutional Digital Repository and other departments in publicizing faculty research.

The study also imparts data and commentary on what faculty think of their activity reporting systems, what kinds of systems are in use, and what can be done to improve such systems. If offers detailed information on how often faculty update their profiles and how often they use the faculty reporting system for their own purposes.

The survey data is based on a survey of more than 500 scholars drawn from more than 50 major research universities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Data is broken out by various criteria, such as type of university, scholar’s country, gender, political views, academic subject specialty, academic title and other criteria. 

Just a few of the 110-page report’s main findings are:

  • Survey participants updated their profile on their university’s faculty activity reporting system a mean of 1.8 times in the past year, though some updated their profile as many as 25 times.
  • 30% of tenured survey participants say that they are dissatisfied or highly dissatisfied with the efforts of their Offices of Research in publicizing university research findings.
  • 12.11% of survey participants in the United States say that their CV information in their faculty reporting systems is quite out of date.
  • 12.08% of survey participants have run or requested a report on their university’s faculty reporting system database to find out about their university’s scholarly output.

Scholars from the following institutions were surveyed for the report: 

Australian National University, Baylor College of Medicine, Brown University, Carleton University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Curtin University, Drexel University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Griffith University, Imperial College London, James Cook University, Massey University, McGill University, Monash University, Penn State University, Queen Mary University of London, Reading University, Rice University, Rockefeller University, Rutgers University, Saint Louis University, Swinburne University of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, UConn Health Center, University of California, Davis, University College Dublin, University of Alberta, University of Birmingham, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Riverside, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Idaho, University of Leeds, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Nottingham, University of Reading, University of Tasmania, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, University of Toronto, University of Utah, University of Western Australia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Washington State University and Yale University.

Higher Education Management

Report coverage in this topic area includes: marketing, enrollment and public relations; advancement and fundraising; international and domestic student services; retention and assessment; technology management, facilities managment, and much more.

Law Firm and Law Library Management

Reports in this area can be roughly grouped into 4 types: surveys of law libraries, surveys of attorneys in major law firms, surveys of management personnel in major law firms, and surveys of law school faculty and administrators.


Subject areas covered include: content management, materials purchasing, facilities management, digitization, purchasing and negotiations, open access and digital repositories, personnel management and training, budgeting, fundraising and much more.

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