A new classification of U.S. colleges and universities recognizes Oregon State University as the stateâ€™s most productive four-year institution, giving OSU the designation reserved for universities with â€œvery high research activity.â€?
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has been producing its classification of Americaâ€™s more than 3,000 college and universities since 1970. While the classification system itself has undergone significant changes over the years, it is widely considered the â€œgold standardâ€? and is used in several well-known school rankings nationwide.
OSU is the only Oregon institution to receive the top RU/VH designation. OSU conducted nearly $209 million in research projects in 2004-05 â€” more than 60 percent of the total research funding garnered by the entire Oregon University System and all its campuses.
The Carnegie website shows that 95 institutions received the RU/VH designation, including OSU. Among the others are the University of Washington, Washington State University, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA and seven other University of California campuses. Only 63 of those universities, like OSU, are public institutions.
See full press release (thanks to Todd Simmons)
But while OSU does garner accolades such as this, the campus has the reputation for being friendly, welcoming, and a beautiful place to study. You can check out our campus webcams at: http://webcam.oregonstate.edu/ (remember, it’s Spring Break….there are normally LOTS more people on campus.)