This year’s Carnegie Classification® rates NJIT as “Very High Research Activity (R1)”— the highest category among doctoral universities. Through specialized research centers and laboratories, NJIT conducted more than $162 million in research in 2018, an increase of $32 million since 2016. In recent years, NJIT researchers have received numerous research awards, including 11 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards. The university has also established many new research centers, including the Institute for Space Weather Sciences, the Institute for Brain and Neuroscience Research, and The Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Research Institute for Business, Technology, and Society.
“This designation reflects the transformation NJIT is undergoing,” said Fadi P. Deek, provost and senior executive vice president of the university. “We have achieved a coveted Carnegie research classification by being designated as ‘R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity’ along with only 130 other institutions of higher education in the U.S. This is a reflection of the excellent research and scholarship that our faculty and students are engaged in, but we are also mindful of much more work to be done.”
The Carnegie Classification® is based on FY 2017 institutional data submitted by NJIT to the NSF. These data show research and development expenditures in STEM and other disciplines.
The Carnegie Classification® was developed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in 1970. Since then, it has become a widely used tool, and is considered the gold standard, for comparing American colleges and universities for both educational and research purposes. All accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities represented in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) are included, and categorized by complex algorithmic methodology that incorporates data collection, processing and comparability.