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Elevated research classification reflects innovation and impact

When it comes to research, West Virginia University is a major player.

That is the message behind an exciting piece of news: Our University has achieved the highest level of research activity, as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education. We are now a “Highest Research Activity”—or R1—university, one of only 115 among the nation’s more than 4,000 higher education institutions.

This new stature is a testament to the innovative work that our faculty, staff and students do, as well as the University’s strategic action to forge partnerships, build cutting-edge facilities, secure external funding and invest in scholarly excellence.

Signs of our growing research success abound:

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WVU Board approves new business degree that meets emerging in-demand 'big data' field

West Virginia University’s Board of Governors on Friday (Sept. 25) approved a new master’s degree program in the emerging field of business data analysis. The new degree, which crosses many disciplines, is a one-year, full-time online program with two three-day residencies aimed at filling a void in the emerging new field of “big data,” according to Provost Joyce McConnell.

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