The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has moved Morgan State University from a moderate research classification of R3 (a ranking it has held since 2006), to an elevated classification of R2, a status reserved for doctoral universities with high research activity.
The reassignment in Carnegie’s 2018 Classification Update comes in the wake of MSU President David Wilson’s recent unveiling of a new set of goals for the Baltimore school, which included enhancement of Morgan’s research standing.
“The elevation to R2 ranking is exciting news for Morgan as we continue to advance in our research mission, further demonstrating our value as a hub for innovative research, critical study and development of solutions to the toughest problems of our community,” Wilson said in a statement. “We announced this reclassification as a major goal within our Strategic Plan, and I thank our dedicated faculty, administrators and graduate students for achieving it, by securing funding to conduct unprecedented levels of research at our university.”
Morgan, one of just 130 other universities nationwide to be provided an R2 classification, is also strengthening its Computer Science Department and advancing its School of Engineering with the addition of new research centers and labs.