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February 2011

OU Makes State History in Receiving Carnegie Foundation's Very High Research Classification

 

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced that OU has achieved the Carnegie Foundation’s highest tier of research activity classification, the first time a public institution in Oklahoma has received this outstanding recognition.

“The Carnegie Classification is one of the most important measures that distinguish among institutions of higher education,” Boren said. “As the only very high research university in the state, OU is an engine for economic growth for Oklahoma because proximity to an outstanding research university is among the most important factors in business start-up or relocation decisions. Achieving this classification has been a goal of the University of Oklahoma,” Boren said. He added, “This achievement is a great credit to the faculty and research-related staff of the University.”

Since 1994, OU’s Norman campus research and sponsored programs expenditures have almost tripled. In FY2010, the OU Norman campus set a new record in research expenditures of more than $86 million, marking the second largest year-to-year increase in the past decade. As funding increased, the number of OU investigators involved in sponsored research grew, up 7 percent from the previous year, and the median award size increased to $87,000, up $15,000.

“The Carnegie Very High Research Classification is a significant tribute to the hard work and creativity of our faculty,” said OU Vice President for Research Kelvin Droegemeier. “It will greatly increase OU’s stature and visibility nationally, open doors of opportunity for increased external funding, improve OU’s ability to recruit outstanding faculty and students, and have a positive impact on numerous other rankings that utilize the Carnegie designation as a metric.”

Created in 1970 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with the first classification issued in 1973, the Carnegie Classification system is a widely used framework for classifying, or grouping, U.S. colleges and universities. Its primary purpose is for educational research and analysis. The classification includes all accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States that are represented in the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS. For more information on the Carnegie Classifications for 2010, visit www.carnegiefoundation.org/classifications/.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, is an independent policy and research center. Its current mission is to support needed transformation in American education through the tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge.

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