Academic Analytics (AA) is a private firm providing data on faculty scholarly activity to PhD-granting universities in the US and UK. CU Boulder holds a master license with Academic Analytics. Institutional Research (Rob Stubbs and Jason Straub) work with CU Boulder schools and colleges, departments, academic review, Faculty Affairs and others on using Academic Analytics data.

Read This First

Introduction to Academic Analytics (AA) at CU Boulder (updated 12/2016) with information for users and examples of use, plus diagrams of what AA does and of the CU Boulder data submission (PDF)


Updated 12/2016 - Visualizing what Academic Analytics does, and how CU Boulder’s submission (lists of people, departments, PhD programs, and affiliations with disciplines) fits in.  Also included in Intro document.  (PDF)

Apples to Apples

Lessons from Use of Academic Analytics Data at University of Colorado Boulder (PDF) Presented at Analytics Leadership Summit, U. of Utah, November 1-2, 2015.

Matrix of Measures

Draft, very technical, January 2015 (PDF)

Access to the UCB-Academic Analytics data will be granted only to individuals who complete and submit a non-disclosure agreement.  Conditions of our license with Academic Analytics stipulate that

  • We will use AA data for internal analysis and decision making, to assist in the evaluation of departments and doctoral programs and to measure and compare faculty scholarship within CU Boulder and amongst peers.
  • Content – AA methods and results -- may only be distributed to and used by CU Boulder employees, contractors and consultants (including members of the Board of Regents and Academic Review and Planning reviewers) who have a professional need or interest in using such Content for the purposes outlined above.
  • No schools other than CU Boulder may be mentioned by name in discussing or presenting any results that may become public.
    • This is CRITICAL and must be made clear to external reviewers and all internal users. We cannot say something like “University of ABCDE is first in fisheries sciences” in a document or discussion or presentation that may be covered by the press and made public.
  • Public websites or external promotional communications of any kind referencing Academic Analytics data must be approved in advance by CU Boulder’s authorized representative (Office of Data Analytics, Robert Stubbs) and by an authorized representative of Academic Analytics.
  • Every presentation or display of the Content or data derived from the Content must reference Academic Analytics as the source by stating “Fundamental data provided by Academic Analytics.”

Submit your request by clipping out the above conditions and sending by email to with your stated agreement with the conditions, your full name and CU Boulder title and affiliation (e.g., school, college, department) and your office phone.

Learn more about Academic Analytics on their corporate website. To reach the client web portal from the corporate website, use the "client login" link at the far upper right.