An update from President Denise M. Trauth of Texas State University

Spring I
Dear Friends,

It’s a thrill to begin the spring semester with good news, and in this case, there are two outstanding accomplishments that show the university is making extraordinary strides on its path to becoming a more vibrant research university.

This week, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching reclassified Texas State and moved our university into the category “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions in the country under Carnegie’s respected classification system. The new classification reflects the university’s fast-growing research activities across numerous disciplines and the number of Ph.D. programs Texas State offers.

Texas State has achieved the second-highest designation for research institutions in the country.

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.

Externally funded research has grown substantially, outpacing most Texas universities.

Clearly, our university has forged a successful path to becoming an even more vibrant university for our region and our state, and we promise to keep you posted about the next milestones along the way.


Denise M. Trauth
Office of University Advancement
601 University ​Dr. • San Marcos, ​TX ​78666
51​2.24​5.​239​6 • Feedback