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Wilkes University Granted Doctoral University Designation

January 19, 2019

Wilkes University announced it is now categorized as a doctoral university in the revised 2018 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It’s the highest classification for institutions in the country. Wilkes is now one of just 14 of 80 private institutions in Pennsylvania with this designation. The category includes institutions that award at least 20 research doctoral degrees or 30 or more professional-practice doctoral degrees. The new status reflects a growing population of doctoral students and an increased focus on research and scholarship at Wilkes. In 2016-17, Wilkes awarded 122 doctoral degrees, and by 2017-18, the total grew to 165. “The change in classification places Wilkes University in the rightful company of some of the finest universities in the nation, completing our evolution from a two-year junior college in 1933 to a national doctoral university in 2019,” University President Patrick F. Leahy said in a released statement. Wilkes will award the university’s first doctor of philosophy degrees in 2020. The Ph.D. in nursing welcomed its first class in Sept. 2017, and 33 nurses are enrolled in the program. — MICHAEL P. BUFFER

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