ERIC Number: ED121349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Typology of Institutions of Higher Education. Working Paper, ACRL Ad Hoc Committee to Revise the 1959 "Standards for College Libraries".
Pirie, James W.
The Committee to Revise the 1959 Standards for College Libraries found that great differences existed among colleges in objectives, size, and program breadth, and that library standards should reflect those differences. Therefore, several higher education classification schemes were examined for their applicability to the committee's needs. Two United States Office of Education typologies and one from the American Council on Education were found to lack specificity. A Federal Interagency Committee on Education plan provided more detail and avoided the terms "university" and "college" which tend to blur definition. A more valuable plan for the purposes of analysis was that of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, which listed 18 types of institutions in five categories. Four Carnegie categories were found most appropriate to the committee's needs: comprehensive universities I and II and liberal arts colleges I and II. The difference between liberal arts colleges I and II was a selectivity factor which had a high correlation with the selectivity index of the Class and Birnbaum "Comparative Guide to American Colleges." (LS)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Coll. and Research Libraries, Chicago, IL.
Note: For related documents, see ED 118 080 and IR 003 352-358