Research - The College of Education Readies for Tier I Status

According to Making it Possible: 2101-2010 Strategic Plan, Texas Tech University is poised to become a National Research University (NRU). To achieve this distinction, Tech must accomplish the following levels of productivity:

Have at least two consecutive years of annual restricted research expenditures of at least $45 million in the two years preceding a biennium where NRU designation is attained AND achieve at least four of the following six items:

  • Obtain an endowment equal to or greater than $400 million
  • Award a total of Ph.D.s equal to or greater than 200 in each of the previous two years
  • Recruit high achieving freshmen classes for two years as determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
  • Have Association of Research Libraries membership OR a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter on campus
  • Have high-quality faculty for two years and determined by THECB
  • Produce high-quality graduate-level programs as determined by THECB

Texas Tech’s challenge in meeting the HB 51 Criteria is primarily in two critical areas:

  • Restricted research expenditures of $45 million- up from $27 million and 2008 and $35 million in 2009
  • Ph.D. graduates up from 184 in 2008 and 169 in 2009.

It is in these two last areas that the College of Education can make great contributions. In the last five years, the College has doubled the amount of grants that it had been receiving, from over a million to over $3 million.

The College of Education has hired the first Endowed research chair at Texas Tech. Dr. David M. Richman’s work will give a boost, as he is in autism research. The autism bill signed by George W. Bush in 2006 increased federal funding by 50 percent for the disorder, which afflicts 1.5 million people in the United States. The Senate-approved legislation that authorizes $945 million over five years for autism research, screening and treatment. The College stands to be able to deliver some of this money to Texas Tech through Dr. Richman and his team.

Second, the College has in place a person to facilitate faculty writing proposals and a person to manage grants after they are received.

The College can also help by producing more Ph.D.s. The College of Education has one of the largest number of graduate students in the University, and the challenge is to get as many as possible graduated as quickly as possible.

Both producing more research and producing more Ph.D.s are within reach in the College of Education.

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