Marquette University improved in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in its 2015 update, President Michael R. Lovell announced recently. The university is now classified as “R2: Doctoral Universities – Higher research activity,” Carnegie’s second highest doctoral classification.
The higher ranking is a reflection of Marquette’s increase in research and development expenditures, the number of Ph.D. degrees awarded, and the number of non-faculty Ph.D. researchers at Marquette.
Moving up to the “Higher Research Activity” classification meets one of the original objectives of the Research in Action theme of the university’s Strategic Plan. Further, as the university continues its ambitious plans to grow research and innovation, significant future progress on the metrics used in the Carnegie Classification is expected.
“Our new Carnegie Classification reflects the efforts of our talented faculty and will enable us to continue to recruit the best faculty to Marquette, and to also attract outstanding students who benefit from opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research,” said Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation.
Research and development expenditures have been on the rise since 2010, when Marquette was last ranked by Carnegie as a Doctoral Research University, described in the new classification as “R3: Doctoral Universities – Moderate research activity.” Expenditures last fiscal year topped $23 million, and the university has a goal to double that over the next five years to help meet the Research in Action objective.