The University of New Orleans retained its status as a doctoral university with higher research activity, as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education for its 2015 update. UNO is one of only two Louisiana universities in this classification, which is the second highest Carnegie status that can be achieved.
Every five years, the Carnegie Classification releases an official update on its classifications, which were first published in 1973. Doctoral universities are placed in one of three subcategories:
• R1: Doctoral Universities- Highest Research Activity
• R2: Doctoral Universities- Higher Research Activity
• R3: Doctoral Universities- Moderate Research Activity
The University of New Orleans and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are the only R2 institutions in Louisiana, while LSU and Tulane are the only R1 institutions in the state.
“We are pleased to maintain our status as an R2 doctoral university,” said John Nicklow, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Faculty research and scholarly productivity are an integral part of the University’s heritage and a critical part of our future. This research also broadens and informs the knowledge that we share in the classroom with our students, so that they are equipped to solve today’s increasingly complex problems.”
Doctoral universities are assigned to one of three categories based on a measure of research activity. The research activity scale includes: research and development expenditures in science and engineering; research and development expenditures in non-science and engineering fields; science and engineering research staff; doctoral conferrals in humanities fields, in social science fields, in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, and in other fields (e.g., business, education, public policy, social work).
The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four and a half decades. Starting in 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, the Carnegie Classification was originally published in 1973.