The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a New England Council member, announced this week that the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has designated it as a Doctoral University for Higher Research, the classification system’s second highest designation.
Previously designated as a Master’s University, UMass Dartmouth’s elevated designation reflects growth of the school’s research enterprise in recent years. Since 2010, the number of PhDs awarded annually has risen almost nine-fold, from three to 26. The University’s research funding has also grown significantly, from $21.2 million in 2005 to $28.2 million today. Furthermore, this fall UMass Dartmouth began construction on a $55 million expansion of its School for Marine Science and Technology.
“From marine science that supports our historic fishing industry and protects our fragile coastline to the study of our economy and global cultures, UMass Dartmouth faculty members are creating and sharing new knowledge that strengthens society and adds tremendous value to the education students receive,” said UMass President Marty Meehan.
UMass Dartmouth Provost Mohammad Karim echoed these sentiments, adding, “Achieving national designation as a doctoral research university demonstrates the excellence of our faculty and our university’s unyielding dedication to driving innovation that strengthens the quality of life in our region and across the Commonwealth.”
The New England Council applauds UMass Dartmouth for its Doctoral Designation and its dedication to research that strengthens Massachusetts and New England.