News & Announcements
2021 Classification Update
The 2021 Carnegie Classification Update is in process. The preliminary version will be available for “public review” in mid-December 2021. We will send out messages to Chief Executive Officers, Chief Administrative Officers, Institutional Research Directors and several others as identified through the Higher Education Directory when we release the classifications for their review. The Public Review will last about 6 weeks. The classification will be announced as official by the end of January 2022.
The 2021 Classification update will be based on the following data sources:
- IPEDS 2019-20 Completions
- IPEDS Fall 2020 Enrollment (preliminary)
- IPEDS Fall 2020 Human Resources (preliminary file)
- FY20 NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey*
- FY19 NSF Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS)
About the Carnegie Classification®
The Carnegie Classification® has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four and a half decades. Starting in 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, the Carnegie Classification was originally published in 1973, and subsequently updated in 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2018 to reflect changes among colleges and universities. This framework has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.
Elective Community Engagement Classification
The Elective Classification on Community Engagement is under the stewardship of the Public Purpose Institute at Albion College. Click here to access the website.
Using the Site
The menus at the top (in full screen mode) or through the menu icon above right (smaller views) provide access to extensive documentation as well as tools for looking up specific institutions, listing all institutions in a particular classification category, aggregating categories within a classification, and examining points of intersection across two or more classifications.
Recommended Citation (APA Format)
Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research (n.d.). The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, 2018 edition, Bloomington, IN: Author.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (n.d.). About Carnegie Classification. Retrieved (date optional) from http://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu/.