Montclair State University has earned the designation of R2 – doctoral university high research activity – in the latest reclassification of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
The accomplishment comes three years after Montclair State earned an initial Research Doctoral University designation, and signifies a continued expansion of its research portfolio and doctoral program offerings.
The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing higher education institutional diversity since 1970, the university said.
“Our new designation as a Carnegie R2 institution is a well-deserved validation of what we have already known – that we are a dynamic research university with faculty and students who are producing cutting-edge research,” Vice Provost for Research and Dean of The Graduate School Scott Herness said in a prepared statement.
Since its initial R3 designation in 2016, Montclair State has not only added new doctoral-level programs such as its Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, but it has also increased the breadth of funding for its research, creating a diverse portfolio on topics ranging from youth character development to promoting representation of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions.
Montclair State has also been awarded an increased amount of federal, state and private funds in support of both basic and applied research, headlined by a $6.5 million grant to assess and define practices that promote youth character development and a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how an unusual protein with tumor suppression activities in normal cells is eliminated or misplaced in cancer cells. The State of New Jersey recognized the institution’s increase in research efforts in 2017, when it formally declared Montclair State a public research university, making it one of four in the state.