UTSA’s Carnegie R1 Rating Confirmed, Elevating University and San Antonio | UTSA today | UTSA

In Texas, other Carnegie R1 institutions now include Baylor University, Rice University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of North Texas, and the campuses of the University of Texas at Austin , Arlington, Dallas and El Paso. In Carnegie’s analysis, UTSA clusters nationally around Case Western Reserve University, Rice University, Tufts University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“Today’s affirmation of our Carnegie R1 classification solidifies one of our most critical waypoints on UTSA’s path to becoming a leading public research university,” said UTSA President. UTSA. Taylor Eightmy. “I am eternally grateful that the 81st The Texas Legislature passed HB 51 in 2009, establishing a pathway for UTSA and other emerging research universities here in Texas to pursue Tier One designation. Texas, and especially the city of San Antonio, deserves Tier 1 education and research institutions to advance economic mobility and robust economic development driven by a knowledge economy.

Tier 1 institutions provide vast benefits to their campus and local communities. Research-intensive universities “attract and drive innovative companies that help make Texas a global destination,” according to Dan Branchformer chairman of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education, author of HB 51 and author of a January 12 opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News on the power of R1 universities in Texas.

Waypoints to Excellence

UTSA’s journey to the Tier 1 designationone of the university’s most significant steps in advancing research excellence, involved increasing annual research expenditures, expanding its pool of doctoral students, national recognition of its researchers and the increase in the number of faculty members of the National Academy.

Combined with UTSA’s other accolades, the prominent designation places UTSA in several exclusive categories. The university is now one of 20 universities designated as both a Hispanic-serving institution and an entry-level institution, providing more of our country’s most talented Latino students and faculty with opportunities to lead research with global impact. Additionally, UTSA is one of only six Tier 1 universities to hold three National Centers of Academic Excellence designations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

UTSA is also working to access the National University Research Fund (NRUF) in Texas, which will provide the university with additional state funding for research efforts. As another important step on the trajectory to becoming a leading public research institution, NRUF eligibility will further strengthen UTSA as a university capable of addressing society’s greatest challenges at the grassroots level, state and national.

“UTSA’s designation as a Carnegie R1 positions the university to align with the prestigious Association of American Universities while enabling faculty, staff, and students to achieve excellence that will help fill gaps in education within our community,” said UTSA Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise Bernard Arulanandam. “Classification will allow us to expand our strategic partnerships with federal granting agencies and our ability to find solutions to our society’s greatest challenges.

Advancing UTSA as a thriving Hispanic university

UTSA’s location in a city that represents the demographic future of the United States uniquely positions it to make the world a better place through research. As a university serving cities and as one of the 10 Tier 1 institutions with the Seal of Excellence of excellence in educationUTSA prioritizes inclusivity and community service by helping more Latino students achieve academic success.

The Carnegie R1 designation opened the opportunity for UTSA to join the newly formed Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of Latinos in academia – especially those pursuing Ph.D. – and collaboration around important federal funding opportunities. As a member of the Alliance, UTSA will help develop a diverse pipeline of PhDs in higher education and address major societal challenges through strategic research and development partnerships.

Tier 1 Benefit

“For Roadrunners, the impact is immediate and direct. The Tier 1 designation enhances the value of the degree, increases choices for our students who wish to pursue graduate studies in other now peer-reviewed academic programs, creates stronger professional affiliations for our faculty, and elevates our stature in the national community. of research,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy. “At the same time, the designation advances San Antonio’s knowledge pipeline by attracting other talented faculty, who in turn advance our local workforce.”

Additionally, Tier 1 status encourages more strategic partnerships between UTSA and local research organizations such as UT Health San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Brooke Army Medical Center and Common Base Saint-Antoine. These partnerships accelerate the creation of research centers and institutes within the university, including the National Security Collaboration Centerthe School of Data Science and the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute—as well as throughout the city.

The coming decade

UTSA’s R1 designation further fuels the university’s trajectory to achieve its 10-year vision of becoming a university of the future. Leading with three global destinations to guide the university forward, UTSA is uniquely positioned to serve society due to its deep integration into a region that reflects the demographic future of the country.

The university is on track to educate Roadrunners on four or more thriving campuses, enroll more than 45,000 full-time students, and employ more than 2,000 faculty and more than 3,250 staff. With the R1 designation achieved and the path to accessing the National Research Universities Fund, research spending is expected to increase by over $300 million with endowments of over $400 million over the next 10 years.

“I am very grateful to our faculty, staff and graduate students for their incredible efforts leading to this recognition. Over the next decade, UTSA will become a national model of student success, a leading public research university, and an example of strategic growth and innovation excellence,” said Eighmy. “The traction we are seeing on multiple fronts – in athletics, fundraising, enrollment, academic innovation and research – positions us to serve as an example for the future of higher education in the States. -United.”

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