Syracuse University Magazine

SU Enters Top Tier for Research

Syracuse University has moved into the top tier for research activity among all doctoral universities in the nation, according to the 2015 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In the new rankings, which are issued twice a decade, Syracuse moved from an “R2” designation in 2010, denoting a “higher research activity,” to an R1 designation, which is the top research class a university can be awarded. The distinction is based on an examination of 2013-14 data that helps Carnegie analysts gauge research activity as compared with other doctoral institutions. Criteria include such factors as research and development expenditures, research staff, and number of doctoral conferrals.

Syracuse was one of 15 universities nationwide to move from R2 into the top category in the latest rankings. The Carnegie Classification, created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is the widely accepted industry standard for classifying schools by higher education researchers and others. “Earning this classification is powerful recognition of our efforts to grow and expand research,” says Elizabeth D. Liddy G’77, G’88, interim vice chancellor and provost. “We have already identified research and discovery as a key focus area in our academic strategic plan, and this is one more step in the right direction.”

Peter Vanable, interim vice president for research, says this distinction is a strong affirmation of faculty scholarship. “It acknowledges the great work our faculty are already doing,” he says. “This is a proud moment, but there is much more we can do to effectively build on this momentum.” ­    —Carol Boll