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 at the American Council on Education (ACE). In addition to the Elective Classifications, ACE administers the Carnegie Foundation’s all-inclusive Universal (Basic) Classification based on secondary analysis of existing national data. Information on the Carnegie Basic Classifications can be found here.
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 in the previous cycle (2020) may request a feedback session.