Texas State University officials learned today that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has reclassified the San Marcos school as an Emerging Research University.
Classified as a Doctoral University since 2004, Texas State is now the eighth university to achieve the research status. The other Emerging Research Universities include Texas Tech, The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston.
Universities have been grouped according to their academic mission, size and the number of graduate programs, among other academic benchmarks, since 2004, when Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order requiring the agency charged with overseeing higher education in Texas to develop an accountability system.
The coordinating board defines Emerging Research Universities as those that, in part, enroll at least 150 doctoral students each year and have at least $14 million in annual research costs.