The University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty continues to be among the leading researchers in their fields, according to the 2006-07 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index from Academic Analytics. UMSL scholars were ranked as the fifth most productive among small research universities in the country.

UMSL's ranking is a jump from being named the nation's 11th most productive small research university last year. Also this year, the Information Systems program in the College of Business Administration at UMSL was ranked third most productive among MIS programs.

UMSL Provost Glen Cope is pleased to see the hard work of the faculty paying off. She said the university prides itself on having productive scholars, who are engaged in quality research for their disciplines.

"Our students are learning from scholars who are pioneers in their fields," Cope said. "They're the individuals creating the knowledge and writing the books other faculty use in their classrooms. I think generally students learn more from research-oriented faculty, and we're proud to have assembled this group of faculty at UMSL."

Other universities ranked in the top five are: San Diego State University, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. and Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Academic Analytics, LLC is based in Stony Brook, N.Y. The index measures the scholarly productivity of faculty based on their publications, citations, and financial and honorary awards. Those included in the small research university category had fewer than 15 doctoral programs; UMSL has 13. More than 7,000 doctoral programs in 100 academic disciplines nationwide were examined for this year's ranking.

The Information Systems program at UMSL prepares students for technical and managerial careers incorporating advanced technologies in public and private organizations. Faculty in the program are internationally recognized for their research, teaching and consulting experiences. The program, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, has awarded more than 2,000 degrees. There are 10 full-time faculty working in the program, which presently enrolls more than more than 210 students. Graduates of the program work at companies such as MasterCard International, AT&T Inc., The Boeing Company, Edward Jones, Anheuser-Busch Companies and Express Scripts Inc. Among the program's many noteworthy alumni are Sue Bhatia, president of Rose International, and Jacob Amir, vice president of Modis Inc.

UMSL's Information Systems program ranked behind only that of the University of Arizona in Tucson and the University of Georgia in Athens.

Other universities included on the list with UMSL's IS program are: Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, University of Illinois at Chicago, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Temple University in Philadelphia and Ohio State University in Columbus.