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University receives coveted R-1 designation from the Carnegie Classification

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The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list of top doctoral research universities in the country, awarded UTA its R-1 "highest research" designation.

"This is a tremendous validation of UTA's emergence as a preeminent university on the national stage."

UTA joined a distinguished group of 115 institutions including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins this year when it received the R-1: Doctoral Universities-Highest Research Activity designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The Carnegie Classification analyzes data from all U.S. postsecondary institutions and evaluates measures of research activity for doctoral universities in making its assessments, which are released every five years. It is the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the country.

"This is a tremendous validation of UTA's emergence as a preeminent university on the national stage. Being ranked as a Research 1 university places us truly among the best of the best," President Vistasp M. Karbhari says. "Thriving research universities foster economic development by infusing their regions with technology, knowledge, and talent. I couldn't be prouder of the work that our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters are doing to ensure that UTA is second to none and is serving North Texas to the fullest extent."

The Carnegie Classification's assignment to categories of highest, higher, and moderate research activity is based on the following correlates: research and development expenditures in both science and engineering and in non-science and engineering fields; science and engineering research staff including postdoctoral candidates and non-faculty staff with doctorates; and doctoral conferrals in humanities and social sciences fields, in STEM fields, and in other areas such as business, education, public policy, and social work.

State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) applauds UTA's new classification and affirms the vital economic role that a world-class research institution plays in the North Texas region.

"Achieving the Carnegie 'highest research activity' designation places UTA in an entirely new league," Hancock says. "Having a research institution of this caliber in our community is an important asset, and I applaud the many individuals whose hard work and dedication to excellence contributed to this impressive designation."

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