Fostering a Culture of Research

At Newly Designated Very High Research Activity Universities

Topics: Research Evaluation and Rankings, Research Enterprise, Interdisciplinary Research, Faculty Workload, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs


Research administrators at very high research universities develop strategic goals to sustain and increase institution research. This report highlights recruiting and internal policies and practices, and metrics employed to develop and improve research culture at very high research universities.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Although research administrators do not adjust faculty handbook language to reflect very high research classification changes, administrators partner with Provosts, deans, and faculty to create a de facto environment of research emphasis.

    2. Research administrators mediate differences between tenured faculty oriented to teach and those oriented towards research by shifting teaching loads or encouraging retirement buy-out.

    3. Incentive programs support and recognize faculty research efforts to encourage partnership across disciplines and external entities.

    4. Research and development expenditure metrics by the National Science Foundation and Carnegie classification requirements govern administrators’ measurement of faculty research progress and the integration of the research culture at the institution.

    5. Contacts described the shift in Carnegie designation as the culmination of many years of effort at their university but also as the beginning of a new period of research growth and intensification.

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