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For the past eight years, Clarivate Analytics has amassed a wealth of detailed reputational data as part of its Global Institutional Profiles Project. For each of approximately 800 institutions, the profile data includes performance and benchmarking metrics featured in InCites, as well as demographic information on faculty and students submitted by the institutions themselves.

Another key component of the profile data is the Clarivate Analytics Academic Reputation Survey. Undertaken annually since 2009, the survey has now collected seven full years of data, reflecting answers from 77,000 invited survey participants. These respondents, 90 percent of whom are academic faculty or researchers, represent 6,500 academic institutions in 150 countries. The participants are carefully selected by geographic location – the survey is offered in nine languages, to control for language and translation bias – and by representation in 105 specialty areas, in order to provide valid statistical sampling.

Questions for the survey are carefully designed to be as relevant and discipline-specific as possible, giving respondents the opportunity to select lesser-known institutions along with traditional powerhouses. Such granular matters as teaching quality, the strength of individual departments, and shifting trends can all be addressed and enumerated.

In the attached white paper, we present an in-depth analysis of the 2016 Academic Reputation Survey—highlighting the universities with the most improved reputational scores, trending data from 2012-2016 for both global and regional leaders, and selected case studies—which demonstrates the value of reputational data for providing a well-rounded assessment of academic institutions.