IP Advocate recently conducted a survey in association with Synovate that polled 1,000 Americans nationwide. The survey's principle findings were that universities with renowned faculty and top-ranked research centers are what make a university great. IP Advocate sought to determine which of five criteria was considered most important by survey participants when evaluating a university of excellence.
A substantial majority selected these two criteria among five available. The other criteria were large endowment, quality athletic program and diverse student body. More than 1/3 of survey respondents (35%) ranked renowned faculty highest with top-ranked research center a close second (34%). With less than twenty percent (19%), diverse student body ranked third, followed by quality athletic program (7%) and large endowment (5%).
Renowned faculty and top-ranked research center were consistently the top two criteria selected. This was true across nearly every demographic breakdown, although they jockeyed for first position. The only exception in the top two was in the racial breakdown; for non-white respondents, a diverse student body was the second most popular choice with top-ranked research center at the top.
The overall survey results are portrayed in the graphical representation above. Other significant rankings of IP Advocate's survey of primary factor by specific demographic breakdown include:
The results of the IP Advocate/Synovate survey resonate with the views of IP Advocate founder, former UGA research professor and inventor of billion-dollar drug Restasis®, Dr. Renee Kaswan:
"Americans' high regard for faculty and research reveals the value we place on exploration and innovation at the university level. Imagine how invigorated our country's pursuit of innovation would be if our news reports covered research discoveries as enthusiastically as they do college football, or if faculty appointments got as much play as Wall Street CEOs. The public has a huge stake in how our universities function – many are supported at least in part by our tax dollars and we all benefit from a quality educational system."
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IP Advocate's survey has a margin of error of +/- 3 %. For a full copy of the survey results, email