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Sanford Scholars Among Most Influential in Education

January 12, 2018

For the fifth year in a row, two Sanford School of Public Policy professors, Helen Ladd and Charles Clotfelter were ranked in the top 100 of the most influential scholars in education in a list released by Education Week on Jan. 10.  The 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings 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 31 academics in the field.

The ranks scholars on their public influence on education policy and practice based on a combination of their academic work and contributions to the public discussion in 2017.  To be eligible, scholars had to have a formal university affiliation and for a substantial amount of their research be focused on education.  Each scholar was scored in nine categories, including recent books published, Amazon ranking, mentions in the press, the Congressional record, Twitter Klout score, and their Google Scholar score, which calculates citations of the scholar’s work.

Clotfelter published a new book this fall, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity from Harvard University Press. 

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.