Northeastern University Earns Highest Research Designation
New England Council member Northeastern University was recently designated as a Highest Research Activity Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Highest Research Activity is the top category for research institutions. Northeastern is one of only 115 universities in the category.
Many factors contributed to Northeastern’s upgraded ranking. In the 2014-15 year, Northeastern was awarded $127.5 million in external research funding, a more than 250 percent increase from the 2005-06 year, when it received just under $49 million. The University is also on track to open its state-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex later this year, which will house computational, experimental, and teaching labs. Additionally, Northeastern recently opened an innovation campus in Burlington, MA, which houses the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, a national leader in safety and security research.
“Although intended for research and policy purposes, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has become an integral part of the fabric of higher education, as it is used by a variety of organizations for shaping accountability and opportunity,” said Victor H.M. Borden, professor of higher education and student affairs at the IU School of Education and the director of the project for the Center for Postsecondary Research.
The New England Council congratulates Northeastern University on its impressive distinction and its commitment to research.