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February 5, 2016

UMass Boston Earns Carnegie Classification for ‘Higher Research Activity’


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The University of Massachusetts Boston has been designated as an institution of "higher research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, another milestone in the university's evolution as a hub for world-changing research.

In a new report released this week, UMass Boston was ranked as a Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity, the second level of Carnegie's tiered classification system. UMass Boston joins its sister campuses in Lowell and Dartmouth on the list.

"The 'higher research activity' ranking is an important validation of the incredible work being done by our research faculty, staff, and students here at UMass Boston," said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. "The expansion of our research enterprise in recent years has been amazing to watch, and I am so pleased that Carnegie has recognized our progress."

Annual research funding at UMass Boston was a record $63.27 million in fiscal 2015, an increase of nearly 50 percent in the past six years. The university is a research leader in areas such as inclusion and social development, STEM teaching and learning, developmental and brain sciences, and environmental sustainability.

UMass Boston has also formed high-impact research alliances with a variety of key partners, leveraging its location in one of America's most innovative cities. Collaborative research partners include the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, IBM, Children’s Hospital Boston, Partners HealthCare, New England Aquarium, Sanofi Genzyme, and Boston Public Schools.

This is a latest in a series of coveted honors given to UMass Boston by Carnegie-affiliated evaluators. The university has twice received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification—an important national award given to universities that demonstrate a commitment to building productive community partnerships—most recently in 2015.