21 August 2018
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education was first published in 1973 and provides a framework for analysing the US higher education system. At present, the system classifies institutions that are accredited and award degrees. The main categories are Doctorate-granting Universities, with three levels of research activity, Master’s Colleges and Universities, grouped according to the number of master’s degrees awarded, Baccalaureate Colleges, Associates Colleges, Special Focus Institutions and Tribal Colleges.
The Classification is moving from a five-year to a three-year update cycle. The next update of the Classification is scheduled for the end of the year, with some files being released in early 2019. It will be based on a variety of sources including data collected for the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) 2016-17 files, the NSF Higher Education Research and Development, and the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.
There will be a major change in the Doctoral Universities and Master’s Colleges and Universities groups. Degrees formerly listed as first professional degrees in subjects such as Medicine, Law, Pharmacy and Divinity will be integrated into the basic methodology as doctoral degrees – professional practice. There will probably be some other minor changes.