NM Tech Reclassified in Carnegie Foundation System, Aug. 14, 2000

SOCORRO, N.M., August 14, 2000 -- New Mexico Tech has been reclassified as a "Doctoral/ Research University--Intensive" under a newly revised classification system adopted by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Under Carnegie's previous classification system, which was developed in 1994, New Mexico Tech had been classified under the "other specialized institutions" category.

The latest revision of the classification places greater emphasis on teaching by focusing on the number and type of degrees an institution awards, rather than on research conducted or selectivity in admissions.

New Mexico Tech was one of about 640 colleges and universities which changed categories under the criteria used in the new classification system.

As a Doctoral/Research University--Intensive, New Mexico Tech joins 112 other universities which "offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs and are committed to graduate education through the doctorate."

A description of that particular grouping also states that the universities must "award at least ten doctoral degrees per year in three or more disciplines, or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall" to be considered for inclusion in the Doctoral Intensive category.

"Our being included among the institutions which make up this particular category is a very significant designation for our university," said New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López.

The newly released 2000 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education covers the 3,856 accredited colleges and universities in the United States and outlying areas.