January 15, 2019--A new designation earned by Arkansas State University puts it and Jonesboro among elite company when it comes to research.

In December, The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education revealed it had elevated Arkansas State University to the category, "Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity." According to a media release, Arkansas State was one of only 12 universities that went from the “Master's/regional” M1 classification to the "Doctoral Universities, High Research Activity," R2 classification. There are now 132 American universities with the “R2” classification, a designation marked by at least $5M in research the last two years.

With this new classification, Arkansas State is now ranked with other prestigious universities like Seton Hall, Villanova, Baylor, and Wake Forest.

In a press release from Arkansas State University, A-State Chancellor, Dr. Kelly Damphousse says the magnitude of this announcement stretches well beyond campus.

"This re-classification is also important for our region. A-State is a research university that attracts faculty and students from around the world and, as such, is an engine for economic growth for the state of Arkansas," Damphousse emphasized.  "This new classification also will play an economic development role for northeast Arkansas because it also impacts our region’s ability to attract business and industry, with a Carnegie R2 university calling Jonesboro home."

One of the cornerstones of research at Arkansas State is the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI). According to Luna Acosta, Incubator Manager and Intellectual Property and Marketing Manager at Arkansas State University, since it’s opening in 2003 through the end of 2017, ABI had received over $67M in grant funds for research from sources such as NIH, NSF, and the USDA and spent an additional $33,376,374 in money allocated for research from ABI, for a total of $100,715,243 spent on research through A-State ABI since its opening.