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, administered by the Indiana University for Postsecondary Research has been widely used to represent institutional differences and representations across higher education.

The Foundation developed a classification system for institutions according to extraordinary commitments to public purpose. The Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement (CE classification), administered at Albion College, 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 Public Purpose Institute, which is working with a range of partners, to build new Elective Classifications to highlight the public purposes of higher education.


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