The University of Houston Magazine

UH Earns Tier One Ranking From Carnegie

Designation Highlights University’s Research Excellence.

by Eric Gerber (’72, M.A. ’78)

Very high.

That’s certainly what spirits at UH have been since the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching reported our university’s official research ranking – Very High.

The classification is Carnegie’s top one and another way of saying UH has reached Tier One status. Only 100 or so research universities made that prestigious category in the Carnegie report, which was released in January 2011.

The Carnegie Foundation is a nationally recognized policy and research center that systematically evaluates and classifies about 4,000 colleges and universities based on empirical data. UH, which previously was in the “high research activity” category, now becomes the third public university in Texas in the top-tier group — joining The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University.

“I give the credit to our faculty, our staff, our students and our Board of Regents who have been so supportive the last few years,” said UH President Renu Khator. “But, at the end of the day, great communities build great universities. It is a compliment to the city and the state and to our fabulous delegation members, our legislative leaders who believed this was an important initiative.”

To help take proper note of this tremendous achievement, the university hosted a “Celebration of Excellence” event at Cullen Performance Hall, with community leaders and elected officials joining faculty, staff and students to whoop it up.

President Khator said the Carnegie recognition will bring greater visibility to Houston and lead to more economic development for the region and sustained research productivity. But Tier One recognition is not an end in itself, she declared. UH’s commitment to broadening its overall excellence and strengthening its reputation for student success also is ... Very High.