In addition, last month Texas State gained admission to the Council on Governmental Relations, which is a national association of 190 research universities, affiliated medical centers, and independent research institutes that advocate for policies and practices that affect federally funded research and graduate education. To gain membership to the Council, a university must have federal research funding of at least $15 million annually.
The new Carnegie designation and membership in the Council are strong indicators that our efforts to have a greater impact in the research arena are paying off. In fact, both accomplishments were identified in our research strategic plan as significant milestones to gauge our progress, and it is remarkable that we attained both within a few weeks of one another.
Texas State has made becoming a top research university a high priority. We know that universities with the strongest research profiles tend to attract the best and brightest faculty and students. These top research universities offer cutting-edge learning opportunities for students so that they are well prepared for the high-skill jobs of tomorrow. We also know that undergraduate students at research universities graduate at a rate higher than students who graduate from other universities.
As one of eight Emerging Research Universities in Texas, Texas State is eligible for state programs that offer funding to help universities advance their research activities. Among the state’s eight Emerging Research Universities, Texas State has experienced the largest percentage increase in externally funded research – a critical metric for measuring success among research universities – over a one-, five-, and 10-year period. Moreover, when compared with the other Emerging Research Universities in terms of net increase in externally funded research, only two universities have fared better than Texas State.