As we have reported in many stories here at tBBC, including Ken’s excellent updates on things going on at the James, Ohio State does exceptional things in the classrooms and research labs as well as on the field and court. However, awareness of OSU’s academic and research excellence isn’t as widespread as its reputation for athletic achievement, often leading to people view Ohio State as an athletics factory where education comes second; see for example numerous comments made across the internet by Cal fans last week as well as an insulting column that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. While Buckeyes know that this reputation isn’t correct, it does speak to the need for the university to do a better job of spreading the message about how good the academic side of OSU is; in fact most of the Big Ten needs to do this better. To help with this, let’s take a look at how OSU and the rest of the Big Ten stack up in terms of some academic metrics.
There are numerous rankings of universities out there that all employ different methodologies, none of which can completely reflect a university, and it would take forever to look through all of them so we will use two of the most cited and respected ones. First let’s take a look at how the Big Ten compares to the rest of the US using the US News and World Report ranking of American universities. In the 2013 edition of the rankings, Ohio State comes in 52nd among National Universities and 16th among public universities.