UTA Joins Elite List of Top Doctoral Research Universities in Country
By UT Arlington University Communications
Posted on February 02, 2016, February 02, 2016

UTA Joins Elite List of Top Doctoral Research Universities in Country

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The University of Texas at Arlington earned its spot Monday on a distinguished list of higher education institutions considered to be the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education named UTA among an elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity. This group of R-1 category or "highest research" institutions includes Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins.

The Carnegie Classification, produced by an Indiana University research center, analyzes data from all U.S. post-secondary institutions and evaluates measures of research activity for doctoral universities in making its assessments, which are released every five years.

"This is a tremendous validation of UTA's emergence as a preeminent university on the national stage. Being ranked as a Research 1 university places us truly among the best of the best," President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. "Thriving research universities foster economic development by infusing their regions with technology, knowledge and talent. I couldn't be prouder of the work that our students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters are doing to ensure that UTA is second to none and is serving North Texas to the fullest extent."

UTA conferred 216 doctoral degrees in 2015, a threshold that has been reached for the second year in a row.

Monday's announcement comes as UTA is recruiting 50 new faculty hires in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA), Education, Science, Liberal Arts, and Nursing and Health Innovation. "These positions we expect to fill this spring, and the added number of fall recruitments, serve to fuel this continuing drive towards national preeminence in teaching, research, outreach, and service, both at the undergraduate and graduate level," said Linda Johnsrud, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost.

UTA, which has more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs, continues working toward Tier One status as a leading research university in the state of Texas.

Click here to read more about UTA's new Carnegie Classification.

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