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    Carnegie Foundation Validates Strength of Research at Duquesne

    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently advanced Duquesne University's classification from a doctoral/research institution to a Research University/High Activity, based upon increased scholarly works.

    This classifies Duquesne as one of only nine Catholic universities in the "high" or "very high" research category.

    "It's a very strong indicator that the University is achieving its strategic plan of becoming one of the top-ranked American Catholic universities," said Dr. Alexandra Gregory, associate provost and associate academic vice president. "It's directly a result of the hard work of the faculty and their research."

    Duquesne joins other prestigious Catholic institutions-Boston College, the Catholic University of America, Fordham, Loyola-Chicago, Saint Louis University and the University of Dayton-in the high research category. Only Notre Dame and Georgetown are in the "very high" classification.

    Besides achieving this impressive status among Catholic institutions, Duquesne is now:

    • One of 98 universities nationwide in the Research/High Activity category.
    • One of four universities in Pennsylvania to achieve this classification.
    • One of five private Pennsylvania universities in the "high" or "very high" research category.

    Duquesne has attracted more than $12 million in external research funding in Fiscal Year 2009-2010, said Dr. Alan W. Seadler, associate academic vice president for research. That year, 123 grants were awarded, including 41 federal grants. In Fiscal Year 2010-2011, 129 grants have been awarded, 46 of them federal grants.

    Besides validating the success in meeting strategic goals, he said, the change in classification acknowledges both the funding efforts to bring in more research dollars and the success of Duquesne's teacher-scholar model.

    "It's an indicator that our emphasis on both strong teaching and strong research is working," Gregory agreed. "Some universities are strong in teaching, and some are strong in research. Not a lot of them are able to do well in both."

    The 2010 Carnegie Classifications represent 4,633 accredited, degree-granting universities and colleges in the United States. The classifications were previously updated in 2005.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.