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Texas State listed among top institutions in humanities research

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
July 3, 2018

SAN MARCOS – The Chronicle of Higher Education has included Texas State University in the list "Colleges With the Greatest R&D Spending in the Humanities, FY 2016."

Texas State came in at No. 48, with humanities research-and-development spending of more than $1.4 million. This ranks Texas State among the top 50 schools in the nation and the top five schools in Texas.

"The depth and breadth of research in the humanities at Texas State is impressive," said Gene Bourgeois, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Texas State’s funded research programs reflect that commitment, in terms of basic or traditional scholarship and a growing portfolio of applied or translational research."

The calculations the Chronicle of Higher Education used to determine the list include research-and-development spending supported by federal, state, and local governments; institutional resources; business interests; nonprofit organizations; and all other sources.

"Texas State’s inclusion on the list of universities with the greatest R&D expenditures in the humanities is a very positive reflection of our entire research enterprise and a strong endorsement of the campus-wide culture of research fostered by our leadership," said Mike Blanda, assistant vice president for research and federal regulations. "With the current ranking based on FY16 data, we anticipate continued growth in both the basic and applied research in the humanities that is conducted by our faculty, staff members and students."

The College of Liberal Arts at Texas State continues to pursue a robust research agenda. In fiscal year 2017 alone, the college had almost 70 active research awards, including grants and contracts with expenditures of almost $1 million. Sponsors include prestigious organizations such as the National Geographic Foundation, Army Corps of Engineers, National Endowment for Humanities and Humanities Texas.

In 2017, liberal arts faculty were supported by more than $130,000 in funds through internal research programs. More than half of these internal funds were awarded for work in the humanities, including English, history and modern languages.

The College of Liberal Arts has programs and faculty leading the way in both scholarly and applied discourse in fields as diverse as forensic anthropology; cultural resource management; research and clinical psychology; geographic information science; health and medical geography; Texas music history and public history; Southwest and international studies; applied ethics and religious studies; public administration; creative writing; scientific, medical and technical communication; and aging and dementia studies.

About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 188,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.

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