ERIC Number: EJ726506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 7
Rethinking and Reframing the Carnegie Classification
McCormick, Alexander C.; Zhao, Chun-Mei
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v37 n5 p50 Sep-Oct 2005
The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education was established by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1967 to study and make recommendations regarding the major issues facing U.S. higher education. The commission soon confronted a problem: no extant classification system differentiated colleges and universities along the dimensions that were most relevant to its work. So in 1970 the commission developed a new classification scheme to meet its analytic needs. Three years later, it published classification listings of colleges and universities to "be helpful to many individuals and organizations that are engaged in research on higher education." In this article, the authors explore some key issues confronted by the new classification system, assess specific case of classifying colleges and universities, and discuss the classification's future prospects.
Descriptors: Colleges, Higher Education, Classification, Philanthropic Foundations, Educational Research, Institutional Characteristics, Specialization, Academic Degrees
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States