U of A again classified as a “very high research activity” university



The U of A again received the highest classification of research activity from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, earning the designation of “Research 1” – Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity.

The foundation released its 2021 classifications update in January 2022. The U of A has been classified as a “very research-intensive” institution since 2011.

“Congratulations to everyone at the University of Arkansas who has worked so diligently to make this achievement possible,” said Charles Robinson, acting chancellor. “As a flagship land-grant university, our commitment to innovation and discovery enriches our students and the state of Arkansas and beyond every day.”

The classification is based on a range of quantitative data related to the number and nature of doctoral degrees awarded each year, the amount of research grants and ongoing activities, and other measures of academic productivity. Of 3,938 public and private universities ranked by the Carnegie Foundation, only 3.7% (146 institutions) are classified with “very high research activity”.

“Our Research 1 classification is a testament to the exceptional work of our faculty and staff in driving the university’s research mission,” said John English, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. “I look forward to building on our continued success, increasing research spending, and collaborating on future research projects within the University of Arkansas, with other universities, and with sister institutions. such as UAMS, UAPB and others.”

The Carnegie Classification is the primary framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in American higher education. Carnegie classifications are widely accepted as the standard categorization of accredited American universities and colleges.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas offers an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes to new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while providing services to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of Arkansas among less than 4% of colleges and universities in America with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report ranks the U of A among its top US public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentorship.

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