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University of Arkansas Receives Top Research Classification

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The University of Arkansas has once again received the classification of “Research 1” — Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity — from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The foundation released its 2018 update to the classifications this month. The U of A has held this classification, which currently includes just 2.7 percent of U.S. universities, since 2011.

“I am pleased to see that the University of Arkansas has once again maintained this classification,” says Chancellor Joe Steinmetz. “This is a reflection of our commitment to making a difference in Arkansas through research and discoveries by our faculty and students that improve lives, advance technology, and build a better world.”

The classification is based on a range of quantitative data related to the number and nature of doctoral degrees awarded annually, the amount of research grants and activity occurring, and other measures of scholarly productivity. Out of 4,424 public and private universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation, just 120 are classified with “Very High Research Activity.” The U of A is the only institution with this classification in Arkansas.

“This classification recognizes the role of research in education and public service,” says Daniel Sui, vice chancellor for research and innovation. “The University of Arkansas is committed to our work in research, innovation and discovery, and thanks to the achievements of our students, faculty and administration we are on a strong forward trajectory in this area.”

The Carnegie Classification is the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. The 2018 update is based on analysis of data on 4,424 colleges and universities. The Carnegie classifications are widely accepted as the standard categorization of accredited U.S. universities and colleges.

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