N.C. A&T named 1890 University of the Year, honored for innovation and overall excellence

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been named the 1890 University of the Year.

N.C. A&T shared the award with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The honor was presented by the Council of 1890 Universities of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The council presents the 1890 Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards to honor achievements at the 18 land-grant universities created by the federal Morrill Act of 1890.  All are historically black universities.

A&T also received the Innovation Award for the largest increase in transferring intellectual property into new products, processes, or services from 2012-2013 through 2013-2014. A&T shared this honor with the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

Among the innovations that A&T researchers have introduced recently are the world’s first hypoallergenic peanuts and a process to replace some of the petroleum content of asphalt with a substance derived from hog manure.

“It’s a tremendous honor for the extraordinary work being done on our campus by administrators, educators, researchers and our students,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. said.

“As we continue the journey to fulfill our strategic plan, A&T Preeminence 2020, it is imperative that we continue to make strides in the areas highlighted by this Council and beyond.”

The awards were presented this week at the 127th APLU Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

The Council of 1890 Universities is comprised of presidents and chancellors from the APLU’s historically black land-grant and public universities. It works to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs, and it seeks to maintain, ensure and increase funding at these institutions.  The awards are designed to bring exposure to these universities and add to the national dialogue regarding their significance.

Before the selection process, self-reported data from the 1890 Universities were submitted for retention rates, research revenue and expenditures, and other measures of success. Each university then was evaluated among its peers with the winning institution demonstrating the most productivity in a given area.

A&T and UMES achieved the best overall performance from 2012-2013 through 2013-2014. Both schools were among the top three in 6 of the 14 categories.

In the initial 1890 awards presentation last year, A&T was honored for international students and exemplary alumni.

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