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Sunday, September 8, 2019

#410 What makes university a research university?

It may come as a surprise, but there seems to be no universally accepted answer to the question what makes the university a research university. The same set of criteria is used pretty much all over the world, but emphasis on what is a truly defining factor vary depending on the local circumstances.

 

No measure is perfect, no raw numbers can fully define quality of education and research in an institution of higher education. Is it a number of publications, amount of funding, or number of Ph.Ds. graduated annually? In addressing this issue, Carnegie Foundation got it right by using number of doctoral degrees granted per year as a lead criterion distinguishing between R1, R2, and R3 research universities. Why Ph.D. degrees weight so much? Because it is in the Ph.D. process where the educational and research missions of the university come together.

 

And by the way, another term for the research university is a doctoral university in which research funding is an engine driving a Ph.D. process, and publications are the results of such process and its goal.

Posted by Jerzy Ruzyllo at 02:55 AM | Semiconductors | Link



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