How do you make the designation? And how many different types are there?
Date: 28 Sep 2010 14:38
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These designations are made by Carnegie Foundation. They actually got rid of R1, R2, etc. but people still talk in those terms. Check out: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/descriptions/
Given that everyone still talks in the old language, I can't speak for R1/R2. I went to a SLAC as a student, went to an R1 for grad school, and have been back at a SLAC ever since. There is considerable variability among SLACs. The nationally ranked schools typically have lower teaching loads and higher resources. The regionally ranked ones (there are tons of little1,000 student type placesliberal arts colleges) have higher loads (as high as 4/4) and fewer resources (sometimes no research expectations at all). I'm at a place that's "middle of the road". Our load is 3/3, the university accepted a grant buy-out for me, and we have reasonably good resources for research—it's a good place to be. As others have pointed out in the "teaching expectations" discussion, be careful to learn about not only the load, but the number of preps the position requires. 4/4 with 2 preps each semester is a very different situation than 4/4 with 4 preps each semester.
Yikes, there are a whole lot of classifications there!
I'm guessing "very high research" corresponds to an R1?
An R2 would be the "high research" university. Usually these are Ph.D. granting institutions, but the number of PhDs that are granted and the amount of external grants they get are lower than other R1 institutions. I went to a nationally ranked SLAC for undergraduate, and R1 for graduate school and currently am at a R2. The difference I see between my current position and my graduate institution is in teaching load (2-2 opposed to 1-2), infrastructure for research (e.g., staff support in research services, etc), funding for graduate students, and quality of graduate students.