Texas scored major victories with the latest rollout of the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education Research University Rankings. Baylor University and the University of Texas at San Antonio have achieved what is known as Level 1 status, a designation that signals an elite academic reputation and “very high research activity.”
Our state now has nine public universities and two private universities that are level 1 schools, up from a total of four ten years ago. The speed and scale of the progression is impressive.
Buried in Carnegie’s data, another title deserves to be celebrated. La Prairie View A&M University was awarded level two status for its “high research activity”. Officials from the historically black university said in a statement that Prairie View A&M spent $ 105 million on research over the past five years. This heavy investment in research has led to more than 20 corporate partnerships and produced more than 50 startups, according to the university.
Prairie View A&M, known as one of the leading producers of black engineers in our state, joins nine other Texas schools with Carnegie Tier Two status. Sam Houston State University, Tarleton State University and the University of Texas at Tyler also earned the designation this year.
These academic milestones are essential for Texas to lay the foundation for a 21st century workforce. Our state, including the Dallas area, has lost corporate outsourcing due to a shortage of talented workers, especially in science, math, engineering, and technology. .
When Amazon launched a search for its second headquarters in 2017, it listed “education and talent” as a critical area, asking cities wooing the tech giant to provide information on their labor pool. work and their “capacity to attract talent at regional level”. Dallas and Austin were on the shortlist but lost to Arlington, Va.
The proliferation of top research universities is a boon not only for companies looking to do business here, but also for Texas students, who can earn a four-year or higher degree from an elite school at rates of. state schooling, and maybe quite close to home. to save them on room and board costs.
We hope that Texas investments in higher education will eventually cover a greater expanse of the state’s geography with level one schools. UTSA was a big addition for South Texas, but it’s still a three or four hour commute for students in the Rio Grande Valley. East Texas does not have a level one institution, although there is a level two research university with UT Tyler.
Texas is making impressive strides as it competes with the rest of the country for the best employers and the brightest minds. It is a competition that he must remain determined to win.