Improvements in Leadership Education & Development

Carnegie Elective Classifications

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching developed a system of classifications that describes institutional diversity in higher education with the Basic Carnegie Classification. This framework, formerly administered by the Indiana University for Postsecondary Research, has been widely used to represent institutional differences and representations across higher education. The Foundation also developed a classification system for institutions according to extraordinary commitments to public purpose, known as Elective Classifications.

Recently, Carnegie and the American Council on Education (ACE) announced their collaboration on the next incarnation of the Carnegie Classifications. This partnership includes the Universal and Elective Classifications which "will be brought together in a single organizational home at ACE." Read the full announcement here.

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