What Has Been Achieved

A geospatial tool that enables users to identify minority-serving, primarily undergraduate, and non-R1 institutions in specific geographical areas, selecting for research activity in areas of interest, to enhance visibility and accessibility.

Importance of Achievement

This tool is designed to broaden participation and strengthen trans-disciplinary community connections through travel extension and is also designed in a manner that can potentially serve additional use cases.

Unique Features of the MIP That Enabled Project

Platform mission and scale enabled the implementation and hosting of an IT-intensive community tool.

Data Sources (Updated upon release of new datasets)

  1. NSF Support of Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, Slocum & Scholl, 2013

  2. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (version from 04/19/2018) – Basic Classification (R1, R2, R3, Tribal College), all other fields of institutions

  3. National Center for Educational Statistics: College Navigator (version from 04/19/2018) – HBCUs, address data

  4. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 2016 Eligible Hispanic-Serving Institutions

  5. U.S. Department of Education, Accredited Postsecondary Minority Institutions, from IPEDS Spring 2007 survey

  6. Geocodio (, for mapping postal addresses of all institutions to geocoordinates

Higher education R&D (HERD) expenditures and headcount, by state, institutional control, institution, and R&D field: FY 2015

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