SE: Kansas State University Earns “Highest Research Activity” or “Tier 1” Rating

With its newest Carnegie Classification, Kansas State University is one big step closer to its K-State 2025 Visionary Plan.  

On February 1, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education announced K-State as one of 15 universities nation-wide to move up from an R2 rating to an R1 rating (also known as a “Tier 1” rating) as one of the nation’s top research universities.

"The Carnegie Classification is more than recognition of the high caliber of research at Kansas State University — it also shows the value of collaborative work across disciplines," Kirk Schulz, university president, said. "Our goal to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025 will be achieved through such excellence and collaboration across our university. We are proud of what our faculty, staff and students have accomplished."

With its new R1 classification, the university went from a “very high research activity” classification (R2, received in 2010) to its now “highest research activity” classification.

"K-State has had a rich history of research coupled with our land-grant mission, and we've made a conscious effort to build off our strengths in animal health and global food systems to enable impactful technologies, address real-world problems and enhance well-being," said Peter Dorhout, interim vice president for research.

According to a recent press release from the university, the Carnegie Classification is issued every five years to recognize and describe institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. The 2015 classification uses 2013-2014 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics and The College Board.

K-State is now one of 115 R1 or Tier 1 schools nationally. The new rating is not only a validation of the tremendous progress being made in becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2015. Academic rank and reputation of the University are also a critical component in athletics alignment, and also included on the list are fellow Big 12 Conference members West Virginia and Texas Tech.

For more information on the R1 rating and the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, you can click here to read an article by The Washington Post on the subject. 

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