The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned the university the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution, according to the newly released Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW is among 139 institutions to receive the classification, and is one of only eight institutions nationally to move up from “Master’s Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs” to “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” status.

“This reclassification to doctoral status with high research activity reflects an ongoing trajectory of success for UNCW,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “It is an affirmation of the great work being done by our faculty and students, whose discoveries will advance technology and improve lives across the region, the state and beyond.”

The criteria for the designation include awarding at least 20 research or scholarship doctoral degrees and investing at least $5 million in total research expenditures. The classification is based on an examination of 2016-17 data. Over the past five years, research expenditures at UNCW have averaged approximately $15 million.

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Originally published Dec. 20, 2018.