Baylor University Reaches Impressive Milestone

Baylor University has been named a Research 1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The designation means that Baylor, a Baptist affiliated university located in Waco, Texas has joined the ranks of the United States’ top research institutions as a doctoral university with “very high research activity.”

Fellow Research 1 universities in Texas include: UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, UT-Arlington, UT-El Paso, UT-San Antonio, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of North Texas and fellow private institution Rice University.

Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone remarked about the university new distinction in her weekly Presidential Perspective email, “Our R1 aspirations have represented an incredible opportunity—one given to us by God—to do what very few, if any, universities have achieved: maintaining our foundational Christian mission while reaching R1 status as a top-tier research university.

“Through the dedicated work of our faculty and staff and our academic and research leadership, we have made remarkable progress since 2018 on our Illuminate strategic plan, which provided the framework to build on Baylor’s historic strengths and strategically invest in new areas of research and service.

“Through top-tier research, scholarship and external funding support, R1 universities—that now include Baylor University—bring their voice to bear in addressing our world’s most significant challenges. And as a Christian research university, Baylor infuses the quest for solutions, at the highest levels, with the university’s distinct Christian voice and mission.”

Carnegie ranks institutions of higher learning every three years. In order to be considered a Research 1 institution, a university must meet ten benchmarks including but not limited to research expenditures, research doctorates awarded and number of research staff in science and engineering fields. The latest classification rankings released are under a six-week public review before becoming official by the end of January 2022.

Source: Baptist Standard