The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has raised SMU’s classification among institutions of higher education, reflecting dramatic growth in the University’s research activity since it was last measured in 2005.
SMU is now categorized with 96 other institutions as a research university with “high research activity,” a significant step up from its assessment in 2005 as a doctoral/research university. The Carnegie Foundation assigns doctorate-granting institutions to categories based on research activity during a particular period and the number of doctoral programs.
“SMU’s rise in the Carnegie classification system is further evidence of the growing quality and research productivity of our faculty,” says President R. Gerald Turner. “We are building a community of scholars exploring important research questions, making an impact on societal issues and enriching the classroom environment for their students.”
Most universities in the highest research category have medical schools.
The foundation’s assessment of SMU’s increased research activity occurs as the University is making dramatic advances in other measures of academic progress: U.S. News and World Report magazine gave SMU its highest ranking ever for 2011, placing SMU 56th among 260 “best national universities” – up from 68th in 2010. In addition, Cox School of Business is one of only a few schools in the nation to have all three of its M.B.A. programs ranked among the top 15, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.