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Creighton University Earns Carnegie’s R2 Designation

Feb 24, 2022
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Cindy Workman
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Creighton University Earns Distinguished R2 Designation from Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

The exciting increase in the number of research/scholarship doctorate degrees conferred at Creighton University during the past four years has been recognized by the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The more than twelvefold increase from seven research/scholarship doctorates conferred in 2016-17 to 87 in 2019-2020, was one factor that led the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education to raise Creighton from a Doctoral/Professional university to Doctoral/High Research,  or R2 university.

Universities designated R2 must confer at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees annually and must record $5 million in research expenditures. Creighton’s 87 research/scholarship doctoral degrees conferred in 2019-2020 and the $16.6 million in research expenditures far exceeded those requirements.

The Carnegie Commission developed the Carnegie Classification® in 1970 to support its program of research and policy analysis. The classifications are considered the leading framework for describing the diversity of U.S. colleges and universities and for guiding grant-making and funding decisions.

“I am very pleased to announce that Creighton’s distinctive offerings and talented faculty researchers across our nine schools and colleges have been recognized by the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education,” said the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, president of Creighton University.

“This is an incredible achievement that highlights the continuing commitment of Creighton’s outstanding faculty to strengthening our scholarly productivity and to advancing our institutional focus on research and scholarship.”

A research/scholarship doctoral degree is defined as a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.

Creighton’s elevation in the Carnegie rankings bodes well for faculty and student recruitment, said Mardell Wilson, EdD, Creighton provost.

“This elevation positions us to continue recruiting the best students, faculty, and staff ,” she said. “This important recognition is very exciting and further strengthens our position as one of the premier Jesuit, as well as private, universities in the nation.”