The Carnegie Foundation lists The University of Alabama among the top doctoral research universities in the United States in a new classification released this week.
For the first time in its history, UA achieved Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status, formerly known as the R1 category, in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This is the nation’s highest level of research activity for institutions that grant doctoral degrees. Research funding, research staff and the number of doctoral graduates are among the criteria used in determining Carnegie classifications.
“Achieving Carnegie’s very high research activity classification demonstrates The University of Alabama’s increased emphasis on research and scholarship productivity and innovation that impacts economic and societal development,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “Our transformational faculty and staff are investing their talents, ingenuity and sheer determination to ensure our efforts enrich our three-pronged mission of teaching, research and service.”
External grants and contracts for research, instruction, service and fellowship reached record levels for UA in fiscal year 2018. Research awards have grown by 85 percent over the last five years.