Northeastern Achieves the Highest Classification for Research Activity September 30, 2016 75 views | Research Research Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Linkedin The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recognized Northeastern as only one of 115 universities nationwide in the top tier for research activity. The classification, used to distinguish U.S. colleges and universities, signals the impact of the university’s continued strategic investments in use-inspired, cross-disciplinary research, as well as its forward-thinking 2025 vision. Northeastern secured $127.5 million in external research funding in 2014-2015 and, since 2006, has hired more than 500 tenured or tenure-track faculty, several of whom hold joint appointments across colleges. The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, scheduled to open in January 2017, will further push the university’s vision by fostering collaboration across disciplines and increasing Northeastern’s ability to hire top academic leaders. Within the same week, Moody’s Investors Service revised Northeastern’s A2 bond rating from a “stable” to “positive” outlook—making the university one of only 15 of a collective 499 higher education institutions designated with a positive outlook. You can read the full story on news@Northeastern.