What a wonderfully gratifying way to start out the week! It is my great pleasure to announce that UW-Milwaukee has, once again, earned “R1” (Research 1) status and is one of the top research universities in the country. UWM is one of only 120 universities – of 4,665 – nationwide to receive this ultimate recognition for top doctoral universities from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UWM also holds the Carnegie community engagement classification.
This is beyond inspiring and is affirmation of the remarkable impact of UWM’s exceptional faculty, staff, doctoral students and researchers, who were integral to this attainment. What makes this even more impressive is that you achieved this during the most challenging headwinds and budgetary times in our history. You have made – and continue to make – UWM the preeminent research and access institution that it is today. This is a proud moment for us all and I congratulate you.
The transformational and critically-acclaimed research you engage in impacts thousands of lives. You introduce vital research that drives human, scientific and technological discovery in our world.
UWM was first named to Carnegie’s ‘Highest Research Activity’ category in 2015. The 2018 classifications are based on the number of doctorates awarded and research expenditures during the 2017 academic year. Other institutions with R1 status include Yale, Iowa State, Harvard, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, among other highly distinguished universities and colleges. Further details are available athttp://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu.
Our students learn right away how research leads to discoveries and solving problems. And it’s not just graduate students. More than 1,000 undergrads are involved in research every year and we have received national recognition from the Council on Undergraduate Research with a 2018 Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments.
The R1 classification is truly momentous and would not have come to be without you. Your contributions matter more than ever. I look forward to joining you in a celebration of our R1 status in early 2019. Details to come. Until then, congratulations once again and thank you for all the hard work and dedication that continues to build UWM’s reputation as a top research university.
Mark A. Mone
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee