For the fourth year in a row, Sanford professors Charles Clotfelter and Helen F. Ladd were in the top 100 of the most influential scholars in education in the list released by Education Week on Jan. 11. The 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence list was created by Frederick M. Hess, a member of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and blogger at the Education Week website, and a selection committee of 27 academics in the field.
It ranks scholars on their public influence in the education debate based on a combination of their academic work and contributions to the public discussion in 2016. Each scholar was scored in eight categories, including number of books published, Amazon ranking, mentions in the press, blogs and in the Congressional record, Twitter Klout score, and their Google Scholar score, which calculates citations of the scholar’s work.
The list was first published in 2010. Ladd was first listed in 2013 and Clotfelter in 2014 and both have been in the top 100 of the 200 entry list ever since.