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University of Houston receives a critical Tier One boost

University of Houston receives a critical Tier One boost

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The University of Houston has made a significant step towards its long-held goal of becoming a Tier One institution, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Carnegie Foundation report, released Tuesday, places UH in its top tier of universities alongside premier Texas schools Rice University, the University of Texas and Texas A&M. Carnegie specifically cited UH as attaining “very high research activity,” that's deserving of Tier One status.

The Carnegie Foundation is one of only two comprehensive college and university rankings (along with U.S. News & World Report) and only releases new rankings every five years, so a top tier designation there has great impact.

“I am so happy and so proud,” UH President Renu Khator said in a statement. “Our students — who today begin a new semester with this incredible news — can finally say they are getting a Tier One education. They will finally be able to take their diploma and say ‘I have graduated from a Carnegie Tier One university .’ ”

Official Tier One status is determined by the state legislature, which has previously expressed its desire to expand Tier One status to additional Texas universities to increase economy-boosting research. The Carnegie Report could place the University of Houston in an better position to benefit from that potential expansion.

UH has been working towards achieving official Tier One status for years, upgrading facilities, ramping up its research efforts and raising money for the mission.