ERIC Number: ED246807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
An Improved Taxonomy of Postsecondary Institutions. Working Paper Series.
Makowski, David; Wulfsberg, Rolf M.
The taxonomy of postsecondary-education institutions that was developed by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) is described and compared to taxonomies developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. Criteria used to classify higher education institutions are identified: the number of degrees earned by type of degree, the number of fields in which degrees were earned, and the ratio of degree completions in several specific fields to total degree completions. Five major categories of institutions are classified as follows: major doctoral-granting institutions, comprehensive institutions, general baccalaureate institutions, professional and specialized institutions, and two-year institutions. Subcategories within each of these areas are also described. In comparing taxonomies developed by NCES, NCHEMS, and the Carnegie Commission, 20 data items were examined, including degrees awarded by level, number of programs by level, full-time-equivalent enrollment by level, total full-time enrollment, total full-time faculty, and expenditures by category. The relative performance of the different taxonomies for various sample sizes is also assessed. (SW)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, Classification, Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Degrees (Academic), Doctoral Degrees, Institutional Characteristics, Intellectual Disciplines, Postsecondary Education, Professional Education, Two Year Colleges
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, P.O. Drawer P, Boulder, CO 80302 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.