Rutgers University–Camden Earns Carnegie Classification as a National Research University

Sent Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

To the Campus Community:

I am pleased to report that Rutgers University–Camden has been reclassified as a Doctoral University: High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

This new status reflects Rutgers University–Camden’s growing national stature as a center for high-impact research and transformative graduate education. We previously had been classified as in the category Master’s Colleges and Universities: Larger Programs.

Rutgers University–Camden now is correctly placed among the nation’s top research universities. Carnegie recently redefined the Doctoral Universities categories to include the number of “professional doctorates” awarded (such as juris doctor degrees), in addition to the preexisting benchmark of the number of “research/scholarship” doctoral degrees awarded. Doctoral universities that report a minimum of $5 million dollars of total research expenditures per year through the NSF HERD survey are further classified as either “very high research activity” (R1) institutions, and “high research activity” (R2) institutions.

This thoughtful reclassification takes into account Rutgers University–Camden’s well-established and robust J.D. program. In 2017, our School of Nursing launched a doctor of nursing practice program to meet the growing demand for nurse practitioners in the health care industry. This program will significantly increase the number of professional doctorates awarded by Rutgers–Camden in the years ahead. Additionally, our three research doctorate programs—childhood studies, computational and integrative biology, and public affairs/community development—were launched in quick succession starting in 2007 and now are graduating a growing number of PhDs.

Our profile as a research university is augmented by a steady increase in extramural funding from such highly competitive federal agencies as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education. Rutgers University–Camden research faculty consistently receive premier recognition for their achievements. They receive such exceptional awards as Fulbrights, Pulitzer Prizes, and Guggenheims and publish their path-defining work in prominent academic journals and with top publishing houses.

Our faculty advance Rutgers’ overall global reputation for research excellence. They also mentor our students at every level and provide them with the unparalleled opportunity to produce original research. Some of our students work with their faculty mentors to publish coauthored work in academic journals and to present their research at conferences.

This combination of world-class research with a compelling commitment to student success distinguishes Rutgers University–Camden from other institutions. Our new Carnegie classification is a public celebration of the excellence of our faculty and I salute them for their work.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

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