A British strategic consulting firm has listed Boise State University as one of an elite group of 20 “Rising Stars” among the world’s universities that are best positioned to challenge the higher education establishment on a global scale.
The firm Firetail looked at universities that have risen consistently in global higher education rankings over the past five years and evaluated their capacity for continued innovations.
“Those who sustain this improvement over the next 15 years — and let’s be clear, not all of them will — are set to become globally influential universities during the 2030s,” the study’s authors wrote. “They can and will shake up the establishment. We call them ‘The Class of 2030.’”
According to Times Higher Education, a London publication that covers British and global higher ed, Boise State joins just 19 other universities from Europe, Asia, the United States and Australia in showing a recent history of significant improvement in global rankings and a strong national higher education ecosystem.
This new honor comes just a few months after Boise State’s designation as a doctoral research university in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a goal set more than a decade ago when President Bob Kustra challenged Boise State to become a metropolitan research university of distinction.
Along the way, Boise State was twice named a “top up-and-coming” university by U.S. News and World Report, was described in 2015 as “demonstrably on the move” by the Chronicle of Higher Education and praised by President Barack Obama for its “culture of innovation.” Boise State is Idaho’s fastest-growing research institution, awards 46 percent of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by Idaho public universities and has become Idaho’s largest graduate school.
“This international distinction affirms the hard work that so many at Boise State have undertaken to turn Idaho’s largest public university into a metropolitan doctoral research university of distinction,” Kustra said. “But as the study’s authors state, this is also a challenge. Only if Boise State continues to strive to distinguish itself through innovative offerings, partnerships and an entrepreneurial spirit will the university continue the remarkable trajectory that has set us apart.”