The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching moved the University of Houston from its previously ranked 2nd Tier status to a Tier One for "very high research activity."
"It's just an amazing honor that we've really moved up there in the company of a lot of the greatest universities in the world."
That's John Jay Antel, Sr. Vice Chancellor of the UH system and Senior VP and Provost of the UH. He agrees with University president and Chancellor Renu Khator who says that its not over, but we're on the right track.
"There's all sorts of other hurdles that we to jump and lines that we need to cross before — and that's really up to the legislature in this session. Being really awarded the Tier One status is something I think we'll accomplish soon, but it's really at the discretion of the legislature and the state government."
Welcome Wilson, Sr. is former chairman of the University Board of Regents. He was named Chairman of the Drive for Tier One by Chancellor Khator.
"There are less than a hundred universities throughout the nation that can claim to be in this top category, so it's a very important development."
Texas has three other Tier One universities: Rice, UT-Austin and Texas A&M.
In 2009, state lawmakers approved a plan to create more, saying the research they generate is good for the state's economy. Meanwhile, the legislature is facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall that is not related to UH's improved status.