UT-San Antonio and Baylor Become Last Texas Universities to Achieve Carnegie Tier One Research Status

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The University of Texas at San Antonio and Baylor University became the last universities in the state to achieve the prestigious research activity ranking often referred to as Carnegie Tier One. The designation is awarded by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is based on the level of research activity conducted at a university.

UT-San Antonio joins eight other public universities in the state that are designated as Tier 1 universities with ‘very high research activity’. This list includes Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas in Dallas and the University of Texas at El Paso. . Baylor becomes the second private university in Texas to achieve this designation, after Rice University.

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“Carnegie R1 is a historic crossing point on our path to transform UTSA into one of the nation’s leading public research universities,” UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said in a press release. “It is one of the most prestigious research titles that an American research university can obtain. I am so proud of our faculty and staff; their important contributions made this possible.

Over the past five years, UT-San Antonio has made significant strides toward this goal, according to a press release sent Thursday. The school increased its research spending 106%, from $ 68 million to $ 140 million this year. The faculty received more than 300 funding grants per year during the same period, which is a factor the Carnegie Group considers when determining a university’s research status.

Eighmy noted in the press release that UT-San Antonio is now one of some 20 universities nationwide that have achieved Carnegie Tier One status and are Hispanic institutions, meaning that at least 25% of the student body is Hispanic.

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In a message to the Baylor University community on Thursday, President Linda Livingstone noted that the designation makes Baylor a “preeminent Christian research university.”

“Our R1 aspirations have represented an incredible opportunity – an opportunity that God has given us – to do what very few universities, if any, have achieved: uphold our core Christian mission while achieving R1 status as a university. leading research, ”she wrote. .

Earlier this year, Baylor predicted that the university would meet its goal of becoming a Tier 1 research university by 2024 as part of a five-year plan for the school. A spokesperson said they believe they will be close this year.

Universities strive to achieve Level 1 status, as this helps attract grants and industry partners who may be willing to work on research projects. It also helps universities recruit faculty and graduate students, who in turn present themselves better to potential employers. Carnegie ranks universities every three years.

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UT-San Antonio officials hope this new status will impact the San Antonio area to be what’s called a “knowledge economy,” with a focus on national security, data science. and cybersecurity.

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