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Carey Receives Top Non-University Research Ranking

In a pleasing endorsement of its research quality, Carey Baptist Collegehas been ranked the highest non-university tertiary provider for the second time running.

In recent years the research of the college has twice been tested against the wider tertiary sector in New Zealand. In 2003 the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) conducted the first Performance Based Research Funding (PBRF) exercise. Carey, as a degree provider, took part in this project along with the universities and a number of other private and public institutions. Carey was rated first outside the universities for the quality of its research outputs.

In 2005 a second analysis of tertiary research was completed. The results, just released, confirm Carey�s growing status as producer of internationally recognised theological research.

The research performance of faculty members is assessed and graded by an expert panel. These grades are then adjusted in relation to the equivalent full-time staff at the institution to give an institutional �quality score�. The highest scoring institution in this round was Otago University at 4.22. Carey Baptist College�s quality score was 1.67, higher still than its last result and placing it again first after the universities and well above the polytechnics and all other private tertiary institutions.

�A tremendous amount goes on at Carey, much of it unseen,� said Martin Sutherland, Director of the R.J. Thompson Centre for Theological Studies. �Research is an important public contribution we can make. We remain as committed as ever to teaching and care of students. First rate research is an integral part of an excellent and effective theological college.�

The range of research undertaken by the Carey faculty is wide and expanding. Tim Bulkeley is a world leader in exploring the implications of digital technology for biblical study and commentary. Martin Sutherland works in the history and method of theology and coordinates a number of projects in Baptist history and thought. Laurie Guy is bringing to light new material on engagement of Christians with social issues in New Zealand. George Wieland is part of an international group working with different ethnic and cultural communities in reading scripture. Derek Christensen has blazed a trail in understanding �tentmaking� as mission. Myk Habets, relatively new to the team, is working at top levels in systematic theology.� And the list goes on�.

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