Texas State University has been reclassified as an Emerging Research University by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
University officials were notified of the reclassification on Thursday.
Texas State now joins seven other Texas public universities that are already classified as Emerging Research Universities. They are Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Houston and the University of North Texas.
“This is a very important moment for Texas State University,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth. “It reflects an enormous amount of work undertaken and accomplished by so many people. It is the start of a new era for our university.”
The Coordinating Board defines Emerging Research Universities as institutions that offer a wide range of baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, serve a student population within and outside the region, are committed to graduate education through the doctorate in targeted areas of excellence, award at least 20 doctoral degrees per year, offer at least 10 doctoral programs and/or enroll at least 150 doctoral students and have research expenditures of at least $14 million per year.
Texas State currently enrolls more than 400 doctoral students and had $33,486,997 in total research expenditures in the 2011 fiscal year.
Before the reclassification, Texas State was listed in the Doctoral Universities category along with Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern University and Texas Woman’s University.
Texas State was classified as a Doctoral University in 2004, when Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order requiring the Coordinating Board and universities to develop an accountability system for public higher education. Under that system, institutions were grouped according to general academic mission and certain key academic indicators such as size and number of graduate programs, research expenditures and other factors.
Trauth said the classifications were established as subject to revision as universities evolved.
“We worked diligently toward our goal of becoming an Emerging Research University. Texas State has evolved into a premier student-centered educational experience that fosters retention and success and is built on academic programs with clearly-defined learning outcomes and a rigorous level of academic challenge,” Trauth said.