CU-Boulder in the 2006 Carnegie Classification
Notes by Lou McClelland 11/2005
The Carnegie Foundation has now released their new classification system for higher ed institutions. We are the ONLY school, public or private, that is exactly A&S+prof/HGC, CompDoc/Nmed, HU, FT4/MS/HT, L4/NR.
History: Up to Nov 17 2005 we were classified by Carnegie as "doctoral extensive," meaning, gives doctorates in lots of fields. In the prior classification scheme, which many still use, we were classified as "Research I," which depended on numbers/fields of doctorates and on research funding. All the AAU's were Research I's except Oregon, though many other schools were Research I's as well.
The main feature of the new version is that each institution is categorized on five dimensions -- Carnegie says 5, but it's really 10 because most of the 5 are themselves based on multiple dimensions! The oddity is that, as in the classification scheme currently in use, research activity/funding is not used in the classifications at all.
Carnegie is using IPEDS data (reported to the US government) and "College Board data" -- which means, Common Dataset for college guides, with one Common Dataset user the guide done by College Board.
Carnegie takes GREAT pains to emphasize that none of the dimensions are quality ratings, just ways that institutions differ.
Our classifications are listed below (in the following, plain/bold = the category, italics = where Carnegie says we fall; my comments are in the bulleted lists). Details on all at http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/classifications/index.asp.
Undergraduate Instructional Program:
Graduate Instructional Program:
Size and Setting:
Remember, research expenditures are not used in the classifications in any way.
So what? Not much. The Carnegie classifications are to be used by ed researchers and others for categorizing institutions, period. They probably could have saved Price WaterhouseCooper a lot of work in doing peer lists. They do not include research funding (or AAU membership) in any way.
My guess is that institutions will still say "we're a Research I" and "we're a doctoral extensive." At least, I can't quite imagine myself saying, oh, we're a A&S+prof/HGC, CompDoc/Nmed, HU, FT4/MS/HT, L4/NR. Maybe if this all sticks we could have buttons made. But we will need to list this in JTF, maybe in admissions stuff, if public/leg/etc. becomes familiar.
We will stick with US AAU publics as our main peer group, and with the subset with no medical for things where that makes a difference.
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