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Carnegie Foundation classification: Ohio University has high research activity

ATHENS, Ohio (March 15, 2006) -- Research is a top priority for Ohio University, and it shows. When the Carnegie Foundation released its 2005 Basic Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, it listed Ohio University among research universities that have high research activity. The "Research University (high activity)" classification places the university among its peers who have significant research agendas.

"I am very happy with the ranking we received," said Vice President for Research Jack Bantle. "It places us in the company of some very good universities that conduct high quality research. It also challenges us to move toward the top of this group as we build our research and graduate education efforts."

The Carnegie Foundation considered several factors in the development of its highly regarded classifications: science and engineering expenditures; nonscience and nonengineering expenditures; staffing to support research; and the number of doctorates awarded among humanities, social sciences, professional fields and science and engineering. Data used for the classifications were from 2002 to 2004.

"Being classified as a research university with high research activity helps confirm that the goals and priorities to focus on research set out by Vision OHIO will help us stay in good company with many of our peer universities," said Michael Williford, associate provost for institutional research and enrollment planning, adding that Ohio University peer institutions Clemson University, Auburn University and University of New Hampshire also appeared on the "high research activity" list.

The Carnegie Foundation introduced a new classification system this year. In the Basic Classification, there are three doctorate-granting levels: "Research University (very high activity)," "Research University (high activity)" and "Research University." Ohio University peer institutions such as Indiana University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appeared on the "very high activity" list.

In 2000, the last time the Carnegie Foundation released classifications, it also had a revised categorization system from previous years. That year, it classified Ohio University as a "Research Extensive" university, meaning that it had a wide breadth of research initiatives. In 1994, the university was placed as a "Research II" university.

The Carnegie Foundation first published its Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in 1973 as a way to differentiate colleges and universities for research purposes. The foundation revised the classification in 1976, 1987, 1994 and 2000. Learn more about the classifications at www.carnegiefoundation.org/index.asp.

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