Sorry if this has already been asked and answered, but what distinguishes an R1 school from and R2 school? Is any phd granting institution considered R1, and masters granting R2? Or are some phd granting institutions considered R2? If possible, can you give an example of what you consider r1/r2?
Date: 26 Sep 2015 19:25
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I think R1 and R2 are old Carnegie Classification terms that correspond to the level of research activity. The Carnegie classification now uses terms like
RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)
These obviously don't roll off the tongue like R1 and R2 so my guess is that's why the new terms aren't used very often. For example, I consider UNC a R1 and Loyola an R2. Both grants PhDs. Here is the official Carnegie site, although I much prefer the wiki page.
Thanks for posting the link. I always describe myself as R2 (we have a doctoral program), but according to the wiki we are not. Further confirming my decision to try to make a move up to an institution with better research support.
Thank you! What would you consider large state schools with a masters or phd program that are not on this list?
According to carengie, they'd be called "Doctoral" or "Masters," possibly with a size designation after them.
According to how people actually talk, they'd be called regional universities.
What's the typical research productivity of regional universities? When applying to these types of institutions, is it better to emphasize research or teaching?
I'd say teaching (or teaching-research balance), usually, but it definitely depends! An elite liberal arts college will fall on a "baccalaureate" list along with much less elite LACs. The elite one will expect outstanding research (and somewhat of an emphasis in the application, though research with undergrads is important.) The less much elite schools in this category with 4-4+ loads would balk at such an emphasis on research.
Also I noticed that a place I got an interview at one year (but dropped out of the search) was listed as "high research activity" when in fact it seemed like a teaching-focused place, as were all of the other places where I applied and got interviews. So sometimes these things aren't perfect because it depends on where your department falls. I also saw a couple in the masters category that are known for, at least in psychology, being very strong in research.