U of A Retains National Classification as Having Very High Research Activity

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – 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 in December. 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,” said 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 130 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,” said 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.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2.7 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Camilla Shumaker, director of science and research communications
University Relations
479-575-7422, camillas@uark.edu


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