Baylor University adopted Illuminate as the University’s strategic plan in 2018 to provide the roadmap guiding Baylor’s research growth and the pursuit of R1 recognition by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and support continued excellence in academics and student thriving animated by our Christian mission.
To maintain accelerated progress towards the realization of Illuminate goals, the University developed detailed annual plans with internal and external research metric benchmarks, along with targeted areas of infrastructure growth.
Baylor has met and exceeded both annual goals and stretch goals since their adoption. At the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year, Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., reported substantial annual growth in research expenditures, submitted research proposals and research awards.
At the halfway mark (through quarter two) of fiscal year 2021, Baylor has sustained growth in key research metrics.
- The University is ahead of last year’s total for research awards and research expenditures. Awards are up 41 percent relative to the prior year. Research expenditures grew nine percent relative to the prior year.
- Baylor remains on track to exceed goals and reach stretch goals for research awards and research expenditures. At the halfway mark of the fiscal year, research awards are at 49 percent of the University’s annual stretch goal, with expenditures at 48 percent of the annual stretch goal.
- The University is on track to maintain a substantial increase in proposal submissions from the fiscal year 2020. After a 31 percent increase in proposal submissions from 2019 to 2020, Baylor is poised to maintain that growth again this fiscal year.
New Graduate Programs
The addition of new graduate programs are a key part of Baylor’s sustained research growth. Since 2017, Baylor has announced new Ph.D. programs in
- Communication Sciences & Disorders
- Computer Science
- School Psychology
Core Research Facility Enhancement
In 2019, the Baylor Board of Regents approved $1.3 million in funding to expand core facilities for enhancing shared research in the Baylor Sciences Building (BSB).
The approved plan includes the design, renovation and expansion of spaces that house the BSB’s core instrumentation facilities: Mass Spectrometry Center, Center for Microscopy and Imaging and Molecular Biosciences Center, which enable multidisciplinary research across academic departments as well as other centers, programs and institutes. The approved plan also includes infrastructure improvements, such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing, to support existing and new equipment and allows for growth for materials science and health/life sciences applications and other areas of emerging research.