What are Elective Classifications?
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the American Council on Education (ACE) are pleased to announce their collaboration on the next incarnation of the Carnegie Classifications. For the first time, the Universal and Elective Classifications will be brought together in a single organizational home at ACE. The two organizations will also work together to develop new and refined versions of the Classifications to better reflect the public purpose, mission, focus, and impact of higher education.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching sponsors Elective Classifications for those institutions that have made extraordinary commitments to their public purpose. The Elective Classifications are managed on behalf of the Carnegie Foundation by an Elective Classification Central Office. In addition to the Elective Classifications, the Carnegie Foundation also provides its all-inclusive Carnegie Basic Classification based on secondary analysis of existing national data. Information on the Carnegie Basic Classifications can be found here.
Institutions apply to be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation through a particular Elective Classification theme and make extraordinary commitments to that theme. Elective Classifications are not awards. They are evidence-based documentation of institutional policy and practices focusing on areas such as institutional culture and mission, curricular and co-curricular programming, continuous improvement activities, and the recruitment and reward of faculty, staff, and students.
Becoming a classified institution requires the investment of substantial effort by participating institutions to provide evidence of the commitment to a special purpose, demonstrated with precision across the breadth of the institution. These Classifications are an institutional recognition given to an individual campus and as such requires that the self-study process consider and document many aspects of the institutional life of a campus. Classification is thus given to successful campuses, not programs, centers, or systems of campuses. See our Policy for Multi-Campus Institutions for additional guidance.
The 2024 Elective Classification for Community Engagement
The Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement is a way for Colleges and Universities in the US to gain recognition for institutionalizing community engagement. Campuses must apply for the classification, which is offered every 2 years starting 2024.
The 2024 Elective Classification for Leadership for Public Purpose
The Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification in Leadership for Public Purpose is a way for Colleges and Universities in the US to gain recognition for institutionalizing the development of leadership abilities in all institutional stakeholders and the understanding of leadership as a public good. Campuses must apply for the classification which is offered every 2 years starting 2024.
Training and Support
In an effort to support campuses seeking the Carnegie Elective Classifications, ACE provides training and support services both virtually and in-person. The classifications team at ACE offers multi-institutional webinars, conference presentations, and workshops. For campuses that are interested in one-on-one support, contact information for Carnegie-prepared consultants is available; these consultants are independent of ACE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Campuses that submitted an unsuccessful application for the Elective Classification for Community Engagement in the previous cycle (2020) may request a feedback session.
Community Engagement Training and Consultants
Community Engagement Training & Consultants
The Community Engagement forum on ACE Engage is designed for resources, training, and to connect campuses who are preparing for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement
Leadership for Public Purpose Training
Leadership For Public Purpose Training Schedule
Higherled is an online forum designed for resources, training, and to connect campuses who are preparing for the Carnegie Elective Classification in Leadership for Public Purpose. Hosted by the Doerr Institution for Emerging Leaders at Rice University.
Community Engagement Classification National Advisory Committee
The National Advisory Committee for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement advises the Carnegie Elective Classifications staff on updates to the classification and best practices in the field.
|Amy Driscoll||Professor Emeritus, Portland State University|
|Timothy Eatman||Inaugural Dean of The Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and Professor of Urban Education, Rutgers University|
|Jodi Fisler||Senior Associate for Assessment Policy and Analysis, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia|
|Matthew Hartley||Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania|
|Julie Hatcher||Associate Professor Emeritus, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University|
|Tabia Henry Akintobi||Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Morehouse School of Medicine|
|Barbara Holland||Senior Scholar, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis|
|Ariane Hoy||Vice President, Bonner Foundation|
|Emily Janke||Director, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement, and Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro|
|Sandra LaFleur||Director, Changemaking Education & Social Innovation, Miami Dade College|
|Paul LaMahieu (ex-officio)||Senior Vice President for Programs and Operations, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching|
|George Luc (observer)||Co-Founder and CEO, GivePulse|
|Maria Maisto||President, New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct and Contingent Equity|
|Georgina Manok||Assistant Director, Research & Assessment, Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University|
|Tania D. Mitchell||Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Minnesota|
|Lori Moog||Director of Service Learning and Community Outreach, Raritan Valley Community College|
|Luciano Ramos||Director, Local Partnerships at Unite Us|
|Lorilee Sandmann||Professor Emerita, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, University of Georgia|
|Elaine Ward||Associate Professor, Chair, Higher Education, and Special Assistant to the President for Civic and Community Engagement, Merrimack College|