“It is with tremendous pride, gratitude and a terrific sense of achievement that I bring you the news that the University of Nevada, Reno has been notified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education that our institution has been elevated to the top classification for research universities: R1- Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity,” he said. “This is the culmination of a quest that began years ago and was only made possible through the significant contributions of so many within our University community.”
The classification is determined by a formula that includes doctoral degrees awarded and research dollars spent by the institution.
UNLV also earned the same distinction this week. Sources told ThisisReno that Carnegie did not initially publish its complete list, which meant UNR’s announcement came after UNLV’s. The Carnegie website was down yesterday as well.
Chancellor Thom Reilly and Board of Regents Chair Kevin Page issued a statement yesterday congratulating UNLV.
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“We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment, but we are most proud of the steadfast commitment of UNLV’s faculty, staff, and most of all its students, without which this would not be possible,” they wrote. “Congratulations UNLV and to everyone who helped achieve this prestigious goal.”
Both today also congratulated UNR:
“This is a momentous accomplishment for UNR. We now have two doctorial granting universities in our state that have reached the prestigious goal of becoming ‘R1’ research institutions. I believe this will attract significant academic talent to Nevada, which in turn will create opportunities for businesses and help Nevada’s economy grow,” Reilly said in a prepared statement.
UPDATE: This article has been updated to note the discrepancy in how Carnegie released its information and to include a new quote from Reilly.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.