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2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Bonus Round

By Rick Hess — January 11, 2013 1 min read

Courtesy of the big-brained Todd Grindal at Harvard Graduate School of Education, we’re stoked to offer RHSU readers three new tools that make it possible to tinker with the Edu-Scholar rankings in cool new ways. In collaboration with the uber-competent Allie Kimmel, Todd compiled and organized the 2011, 2012, and 2013 rankings to allow readers to search and visualize the data using the 2013 Edu-Scholar interactive tools. We hope that they will provoke new questions, incite useful feedback, and surface interesting queries for future research.

The first tool allows you to visualize the rankings as a bar graph. For instance, if you want to check out which scholars are racking up Google Scholar points, you can click on Google Scholar under “Measure Names” on the left. If you’re interested in which scholars have scored within a particular range for each of the metrics, you can use the sliding bars on the top right. You can also sort by affiliation or Ph.D discipline by checking the boxes on the bottom right.


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If you want to see which universities are punching above or below their weight, the second tool is just what you ordered. Click on an institution on the map, and you can see how each scholar affiliated with that university scored. You can also sort by scholars’ degree, affiliation, degree-granting institution, field, and by each metric using the key on the side.


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Finally, if you want to see how various scholars have fared over time, check out the final tool. For those scholars for whom we have data over multiple years, you can see their trajectory based on their percentile rankings in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Scroll through the list or click on an institution on the right to see how various scholars have scored throughout the years.


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Again, a huge thanks to Todd for putting this all together. You can read more about Todd’s work here or follow along with Todd on Twitter at @Grindato.

Hope it’s been interesting. Next week, we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programming.

The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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