Texas Adds Tier 1, Tier 2 Universities In 2021

28 Feb 2022


December 2021 ended a challenging year, but it also brought some good news in terms of Texas’s ability to deliver high-quality and skilled talent for years to come. The Dec. 15 announcement that Baylor University and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have earned the coveted Research 1 (R1) designation  (“very high research activity”), more commonly referred to as Tier 1, from The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

In an economic development world increasingly dominated by the need for high-quality and skilled talent, this latest news is outstanding, and I extend my congratulations to the leaders and teams at Baylor and UTSA who pursued this classification.  Baylor and UTSA join nine other Texas institutions of higher education that have previously achieved Tier 1 status: Rice University, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University–College Station, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas at El Paso, The University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas and the University of Houston.

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