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UWM Earns Tier 1 Research Institution status

The following is a February 8 letter to UWM faculty, staff, and students from Chancellor Mark Mone.

As the world’s attention is focused on our campus where we are hosting a presidential candidate debate this Thursday, we received word that UWM has been named one of the top research universities in the country.

It is my great pleasure to announce that UWM has been elevated to the elite status of R-1 doctoral research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This is the ultimate recognition for top doctoral universities nationwide, which is compiled by Carnegie every five years. UWM rose to the category “highest research activity” from R-2 or “high research activity.”

UWM is one of only 115 universities in the nation – and there are more than 4,600 post-secondary institutions in the U.S. – to be considered to be top-tier research institutions. This is inspiring, gratifying and serves as validation of the remarkable impact of UWM’s faculty, staff and students. Other institutions with R-1 status include Yale, the University of Michigan, Harvard, and Duke, among other highly distinguished universities and colleges.

The wide-ranging array of critically acclaimed research is UW-Milwaukee’s hallmark, and serves as the calling of so many of our exceptionally talented faculty, staff and students. You introduce vital research that drives human, scientific and technological discovery in our world. As one of our esteemed faculty members put it, “Many of us came to UWM because we bought into the vision of UWM becoming a ‘top-tier research university,’ which by definition is exactly this. How often do visions actually come true?"

Through grit and determination – and despite dwindling state resources – you made UWM the prominent research and access institution that it is today. This is a proud moment in our history and I congratulate you.

You and UWM matter more than ever. Your past and future contributions are central ingredients in our success. The R-1 classification is truly momentous and would not have come to be without you.

Nursing Online Doctoral Programs Earn Award for Affordability

The UWM College of Nursing (CON) has earned a Students Before Profits Award from the national organization Nonprofit Colleges Online (NCO), in recognition of the affordability and quality of the college’s online doctoral programs. UWM is 10th out of the 50 institutions included in the Best Online Doctorate in Nursing Programs category, which was ranked by tuition.

The award was “created to recognize colleges and universities that put ‘education before the bottom line,’ ” NCO said in a news release, “especially in the wake of much bad publicity surrounding online programs and the exposure of exploitative practices of for-profit education institutions.”

In an October 28 email message to the College of Nursing, Dean Sally Lundeen praised CON faculty and staff, “who tirelessly contribute to meeting our goals of excellence in teaching, research and community engagement while being great stewards of our constrained resources.”

“We have always been recognized as a leader in graduate nursing education,” Lundeen said, citing the nation’s first asynchronous online Ph.D. Nursing program, established by CON in 2003. “This is just one more example of the high-quality academic offerings that we provide to students from Wisconsin and across the country.”

UWM’s Ph.D. in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs were considered collectively; most other institutions in the rankings offered only one doctoral degree.

NCO’s mission is to promote affordable online programs offered by accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities as alternatives to programs from corporate owned, for-profit institutions.

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