Lafayette, LA – The University of Louisiana is one of the top 100 public research universities in the nation, a new report by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government shows.

University of Louisiana QuadThe institute conducts analyses of how state and local governments implement major policy directions. It is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York.

A New Paradigm for Economic Development,” released Wednesday by the Rockefeller Institute and based on 2008 data from the University of Arizona, describes the growing role that colleges and universities play in economic development and community revitalization. “In states across America, higher education systems, universities and community colleges are working to help their regions and states advance in the new knowledge economy. They are marshalling each of their core responsibilities – education, innovation, knowledge transfer, and community engagement – in ways designed to spur economic development,” wrote David F. Shaffer and David J. Wright, authors of the report.

Their study ranks public research universities. It also ranks statewide public systems.

UL ranks third in Louisiana and 99th in the country. Louisiana State University Health Science Center (New Orleans and Shreveport) is 95th in the nation. LSU, which includes the main campus, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and LSU AgCenter, is first in Louisiana and 45th in the nation with research funding of $246 million.

In 2006 UL attracted $47.3 million in research funding, while LSU Health Science Centers (New Orleans and Shreveport) received $79.9 million.

Only UL, LSU-Baton Rouge and LSU Health Science Center are cited in the Rockefeller Institute study as top public research universities in Louisiana.

The total research dollars of all three institutions – $373.3 million – earned Louisiana a ranking of 27th in the country.