Improvements in Leadership Education & Development


The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University, in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the American Council on Education (ACE), has established the Carnegie Elective Classification for Leadership for Public Purpose. 


  • Applications Available: March 27, 2022
  • Intent Deadline: July 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
  • Campuses Notified: May 2024
  • Public Announcement: June 2024

Online Application

Applications are available on beginning March 27, 2022. Click here to directly access the Leadership for Public Purpose application. After the payment is complete, an email receipt will be generated and will include a unique link to the classification framework application portal. There, you will be able to complete the application and save your progress as a draft.

Carnegie Leadership for Public Purpose Framework

Applications must be initiated by July 1, 2023. Campuses can cancel an initiated application and request a refund until October 15, 2023.

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Defining Leadership for Public Purpose

Effective leadership for public purpose transcends functional or instrumental leadership (i.e., personal career or political gain; or narrow business or organization outcomes), in pursuit of collective public goods like justice, equity, diversity, and liberty.

Leadership for public purpose can be manifest in all realms of social life such as private business, public and nonprofit institutions, neighborhood and community life, professional associations, civil and government institutions, and religious institutions.

Institutions that are committed to leadership for public purpose enhance the learning, teaching, and research mission of their institution by: developing leadership abilities in all institutional stakeholders; contributing to the public scholarly understanding of leadership as a public good, and understanding of the sociopolitical contexts, systems, and practices within which all leadership resides; and preparing students for lives of public leadership for public purpose in their careers, communities, and the broader society.

The Classification

The Carnegie Foundation's Elective Classifications require institutions to undergo a rigorous process of self-study from which they provide evidence of their institutional indicators including: assessment of student learning, curricular and co-curricular offerings, faculty and staff rewards and contributions, mission statements, strategic plans, etc. Institutions that demonstrate, through the evidence they provide, an extraordinary institutional commitment, receive the Carnegie Foundation's endorsement as a Classified Institution.

This new Elective Classification will begin the process of creating an institutional and sector-level continuous improvement process, grounded in the identification and sharing of best practices in leadership education and development that can be transformative for higher education.

Join the #LeadershipReckoning.

If you would like to join our consortium of individuals and institutions sharing best practices and creating an improvement process for higher education, please click the button below.

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Please reach out to Carla Ortega Santori at with any questions.