ERIC Number: ED451884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
A Curriculum-Based Classification System for Community Colleges.
Schuyler, Gwyer Lenn
This document proposes a revision of the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions in its classification of Associate of Arts colleges with reliance on readily available data. Based on the findings of a nationwide study of community college curriculum, the document outlines a new classification system developed according to curricular characteristics and their association with other institutional characteristics. The paper reviews and tests thirteen different classification models for accuracy in classifying community colleges, including the following characteristics as proxies for the percentage of the curriculum in liberal arts: institutional size, the percentage of English courses in the curriculum, and the percentage of expenditures devoted to instruction. Findings from these tests show that the most accurate classification system is based on the percentage of English course offerings. The emerging classification system is comprised of the following six categories: (1) small, occupational colleges; (2) small, liberal arts colleges; (3) medium, occupational colleges; (4) medium, liberal arts colleges; (5) large, occupational colleges; (6) large, liberal arts colleges. However, using readily available data, institutional size provides the most accurate classification of colleges. In this classification scheme, only two categories emerge: (1) large, liberal arts colleges; and (2) medium and small colleges of mixed curricular emphases. (Contains 35 references.) (KS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED453896
Note: Doctor of Philosophy in Education Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles.