Improvements in Leadership Education & Development

Carnegie Elective Classifications

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies and describes institutional diversity in higher education with the Basic Carnegie Classification. This framework has been widely used to represent institutional differences and representations across higher education.

The Foundation also classifies institutions according to extraordinary commitments to public purpose. The Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement (CE classification) is an elective classification based on evidence of institutional commitment to community engagement as a social benefit and explicit expression of public purpose. The CE Classification is a highly regarded transformational force in U.S. higher education, sought after by campuses looking to be recognized for their commitment to the public purposes of higher education as manifest in community engagement across the institution.

The CE Classification is part of the Carnegie Public Purpose Institute, which is working with a range of partners, to build new Elective Classifications highlight the public purposes of higher education.


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