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Strengthening Indiana's Major Research Universities

Since World War II, major research universities have been the primary drivers of innovation for advancing engineering, technology, medicine and intellectual property. Strong research universities are magnets for the talented, high-performing students, faculty and knowledge workers who will be the state's future innovators and discoverers.

In addition, having a high concentration of researchers in a system of higher education is vital to maximize program effectiveness and compete for scarce federal and private research funding. Therefore, high-quality major research universities are vital to ensuring that Indiana and its citizens are able to compete in the national and global marketplace for ideas, resources and opportunities.

In Indiana, the three campuses that qualify as major research universities are Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. To ensure that these campuses continue to serve as major research universities that contribute to Indiana's economic wellbeing, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education has made a series of Major Research University recommendations.