George Mason University is now ranked among the highest research institutions in the country by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Mason moved into the highest research ranking on Feb. 1, based on a review of its 2013-2014 data that was performed by the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University Schools of Education.
The review showed that Mason’s total research expenditures grew from $77 million in 2008-09 to $99 million in 2013-14. The increase was driven by growth in research expenditures in science and engineering, which doubled during that period. The university also increased the number of doctoral degrees it conferred by 27 percent in that same period.
By earning the highest classification, Mason – the largest public research university in Virginia – joins an elite group of 115 institutions known for performing research at the highest level.
“This is an important step in George Mason University’s strategic mission and a proud moment for the entire university,” said Mason President Ángel Cabrera. “World-class research universities attract world-class talent and solve the most pressing challenges of their time. We know that much responsibility comes with this recognition, and that we have more work to do. We look forward to our role as a source of knowledge, insight and innovation in the region.”
Mason’s commitment to science and engineering research complements its traditional strengths in economics and social sciences, which have earned the university numerous awards including two Nobel Prizes. The university has made important progress in biomedical research, neuroscience, cybersecurity, information technology and other scientific and technological domains. The university has built state-of-the-art laboratories for infectious disease and biomedical research, and expanded our research infrastructure.