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by Chris Cook

Texas Tech Receives National Research University Designation

The notification paves the way for additional research funding, which could range from $8 million-$10 million annually.

The Journey to Tier One Status

Journey to Tier One

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Texas Tech is well on its way to becoming the state's next Tier One research university.

What's Next?

Texas Tech’s goal for the coming years includes receiving a top 100 ranking in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings and eventually becoming a member of the Association of American Universities. Currently, three universities in the state of Texas–University of Texas, Texas A&M University and Rice University–are members of this prestigious group. Learn more about Texas Tech's Journey to Tier One Status.

Texas Tech University received official notice in May from the State Auditor’s Office that the university has met the necessary criteria and is now eligible to receive a share of the state’s National Research University Fund (NRUF).

Inclusion in the fund moves the university a step closer toward its ultimate goal of becoming a Tier One, or nationally competitive research university. Texas Tech unveiled a 10-year business plan, with the end goal of inclusion in the Association of American Universities (AAU).

“Texas Tech has a history of producing quality scholarship and research,” said Lawrence Schovanec, interim president. “Meeting the criteria in such a short amount of time reflects upon the excellence at this institution, but also reinforces our determination and commitment to enhance research activity at the university. The infusion of these additional dollars will help us to increase the scope and quality of our research enterprise.”

The notification paves the way for additional research funding from NRUF, which could range from $8 million-$10 million annually.

“I am pleased that Texas Tech is being recognized as a nationally competitive and elite academic institution,” said Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), who authored and introduced the legislation. “Texas Tech’s administration, faculty and students have worked diligently to meet the high standards required to receive this designation. I am confident that Texas Tech will continue on this path of success to be among the nation's top universities.”

Texas Tech was one of seven institutions initially designated as an emerging research university by the state Legislature in 2009 in an effort to boost the research capacity of the state’s public universities. To qualify for NRUF, universities must meet statutory criteria established by the Texas legislature. Of the seven, only Texas Tech and the University of Houston have met the criteria.

“We appreciate Sen. Duncan for his vision and determination to boost the state of Texas as one of the leaders in higher education research in the country,” said Texas Tech System Chancellor Kent Hance. “We also want to thank Rep. Dan Branch, Sen. Judith Zaffirini and all the other members of the legislature that worked to make the legislation a reality. Through their efforts, Texas Tech University will continue its ascent as a leader in research.”

Chris Cook is Managing Director of the Office of Communications & Marketing at Texas Tech University.

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