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Lamar University achieves Carnegie Doctoral/Research classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has included Lamar University in its latest list of Doctoral/Research universities, placing Lamar in the upper echelon of degree-granting institutions nationally. In addition to LU, Sam Houston State University maintains its position on the Carnegie Foundation list.

“This elevation in Lamar University's designation by the Carnegie Foundation from a ‘large master's institution’ to a ‘doctoral research university’ is, in my view, a milestone in the history of our institution,” said Steve Doblin, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lamar. “The major factors considered in granting this classification are doctoral degrees granted and research funding attracted, so this is a real tribute to the hard work and productivity of our faculty.”

The Carnegie Foundation classifications identify meaningful similarities and differences among institutions. From its inception, the Carnegie Classification’s purpose has been to assist those conducting research on higher education. Researchers need a way to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and classifications enable them to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions. The primary audience is the research community, including academic researchers and institutional research staff as well as other education analysts.

Being a doctoral research university — one of two in The Texas State University System, one of seven public Texas universities, and one of 27 public universities in the U.S. to have this classification — raises Lamar’s visibility and its prestige, Doblin said. “It qualifies us for a variety of opportunities we would otherwise be unable to pursue,” he said.