Road to R1

Research universities can prepare future professionals to tackle and create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The Carnegie Classification system attempts to classify and distinguish universities in terms of their research productivity, with “Research One” (R1) being the pinnacle of distinction.

What does it take to reach R1?

To reach our lofty, but achievable, research goals will require progress in each of the seven measures monitored by Carnegie. We have made tremendous progress in recent years, moving from the third tier or R3 designation to R2, and with concentrated effort and investment can reach the R1 level.

Seven Measures of the Carnegie Classification System

  1. Science & Engineering Research Expenditures
  2. Science & Engineering Research Staff
  3. PhDs Awarded in Science & Engineering
  4. PhDs Awarded in Social Sciences
  5. PhDs Awarded in Humanities
  6. Other Doctorates
  7. Non-Science and Engineering Research Expenditures

Where are we now?

During the 2021 – 2022 academic year, SMU will launch three external searches to fill strategic leadership positions that will support our research and graduate studies ambitions: 1) Vice Provost for Research and Chief Innovation Officer 2) Dean of the Moody School and Advanced Studies and Vice Provost for Graduate Education and 3) the Director of SMU’s Data Science Institute.

Taking the recommendation of faculty-led task forces and working in consultation with the deans, SMU will also advertise cluster hires in fall 2021 for two areas of strategic research excellence: 1) 21st Century Technology and Education and 2) Earth Hazards and National Security. These clusters will enhance areas of established research strength at SMU and will serve as a model for future cluster hires to support SMU’s research and scholarly/creative ambitions.

Plans are underway to advertise a data science cluster hire in fall 2023, once our new Data Science Institute Director comes onboard.

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