The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has retained its designation as an “R1” research institution, a status that its ongoing financial challenges have threatened.

The university announced Thursday it was awarded the designation, which is given to institutions with the highest research activity, from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education for a third consecutive time.

UWM and UW-Madison are the only two universities in the state to hold that status, and they are among 137 institutions nationally. UWM was first bumped up a tier, from an “R2” doctoral university to an R1, in 2015, and it retained that higher status in 2018.

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