UNR shuffled into “R1,” too

UNR campus in winter
The University of Nevada Reno in winter. (Photo: UNR)
UNR campus in winter
The University of Nevada Reno in winter. (Photo: UNR)

Days after UNLV was named an “R1” research institution, the University of Nevada, Reno, has also made its way onto the list.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education gave UNR “R1” status, a designation reserved for institutions with “very high research activity.” As part of its stated mission UNR sought to achieve a “very high” research Carnegie status by 2021, a goal now reached 3 years early.

The shift is the result of Carnegie reshaping categories to count advanced professional degrees such as medical or law degrees as part of their evaluation, where it hadn’t before. The reshaping means that a small handful of universities moved up to R1 or “very high research” activity designation— the classification now includes 130 institutions, up from 115 in 2015.

“It is with tremendous pride, gratitude and a terrific sense of achievement that I bring you the news that the University of Nevada, Reno has been notified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education that our institution has been elevated to the top classification for research universities: R1- Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity,” wrote UNR president Marc Johnson in a statement sent to faculty and staff. “This is the culmination of a quest that began years ago and was only made possible through the significant contributions of so many within our University community.”

Johnson also congratulated UNLV on their newly recognized status as an R1 institution, and said additional information about what the status change would mean for UNR will follow in the weeks ahead.

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.


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