All higher education institutions that are classified under the Carnegie Classification are eligible to apply. To determine whether your campus is eligible to apply, visit the Carnegie Classification website (http://carnegieclassifications.acenet.edu) and go to the tab for Institution Look Up. If your campus is listed, then you are eligible to apply for the Leadership for Public Purpose Classification.
There are a number of campuses that have one Basic Classification and multiple branch campuses. Branch campuses that have a history of being an independent institution, have distinct local leadership, and a distinct student body and community within which and with whom they partner, can apply for the classification separate from the overall institution, even when the branch campus does not have a “Basic” classification, provided that the institution does have a Basic Classification. In these cases, please consult our updated policy: Eligibility for Applying for the Carnegie Elective Community Engagement Classification (April 18, 2018).
A key step in this process is creating a team or committee of individuals on campus that are advancing leadership for public purpose in all its forms. This team will be essential to gather and review data that is dispersed throughout the campus. Before you set out to gather data for the application, take some time to develop partnerships around campus and enlist the help of a “champion” on campus that can lead to high engagement in the process. Once you have identified a champion, engage your president or chancellor to give them an overview of the classification and the value added of this process. Next, work towards the creation of a permanent committee or team that includes all relevant stakeholders (e.g. Student Affairs, Institutional Research Office, Office of the President, Faculty).
Access to the application will be available on GivePulse starting March 27, 2022. Institutional representatives will be prompted to select an application type (first-time or re-classification) and then directed to a payment page. After the payment is complete, an email receipt will be generated and will include a unique link to the classification framework application portal. There, you will be able to complete the application and save your progress as a draft.
For the 2024 application cycle, application fees will have to be paid in order to access the online application. The application fee covers the cost of the classification administration and maintaining access to Carnegie classification datasets.
The Classification is intended to invite wide participation and not exclude any campus from participating because of inability to cover the application fee. If your campus is interested in requesting a waiver, please email Carla Ortega Santori at Carla.Ortega.Santori@rice.edu.
Applications for the 2024 cycle must be initiated by July 1, 2023.
Web links will NOT be accepted as valid supporting documentation (i.e., reviewers will not be able to open links included in the application). Instead, when relevant, applicants should copy and paste text from websites and include that information as part of application responses, where appropriate.
Yes. The Documentation Framework comprises a list of all questions that appear in the application. There is also an accompanying guide that includes more thorough descriptions of the purpose of certain questions and the type of information that is expected in applicants’ responses. It is strongly recommended that institutions use this framework for collecting data and drafting responses to the application questions. Transferring responses from the framework to the online application and then submitting it should be the last steps in the application process.
It is strongly recommended that applicants complete the entire application in a word-processing application that allows for collaboration (e.g., Google Docs or Microsoft Word) and then transfer text from that file into answer fields on the online application. More specifically, institutions should use the Word version of the Documentation Framework for collecting data and drafting responses to the application questions. Transferring responses from the framework to the online application and then submitting it should be the last steps in the application process.
Yes. Applicants can view the application sections, finish parts of the applications, save drafts, and come back to it later as needed.
Yes. Applicants that have created an account on GivePulse may save drafts of the online application and then edit and/or continue later. You will need to log in to retain access to the online application and save it in draft mode. As a GivePulse user, your role as a “Collaborator” on the platform will allow you to see that the application is automatically saving your work as you go. If you forget your password, you can easily reset it.
Though the process of compiling responses to the application questions will likely involve many individuals from the applicant institution, it is strongly recommended that only one person be responsible for filling out and submitting the online application itself. You will be able to add collaborators that will have access to the application under the “Collaborators” tab. However, the individual listed in the “Applicant’s Contact Information” section of the application should be the same individual who submits the application.
Yes. Application questions require responses that do not exceed 500 words and the text boxes will not allow for more than the word limit. You will find a word count calculator under each text box in the online framework. If a response provided by an applicant exceeds the word limit, the online application software will only submit the maximum number of words allowed for that question, resulting in an incomplete response.
No. Paragraph marks in a response are not treated as a word in the word count limit.
The response boxes in the application only accept non-formatted text (i.e., no font enhancements, such as bolding, italicizing, or underlining, and no tables). In addition, the response boxes have not allowed embedded hyperlinks.
Multiple reviewers will be evaluating each application in its entirety. Reviewers will be selected and trained rigorously to effectively evaluate all the evidence provided by institutions. Reviewers will need to reach a consensus to determine if each applicant institution will receive the classification. In the case where a consensus is not reached, members of the National Review Board will evaluate and deliberate.
It is not advisable to leave any sections blank. If you cannot respond by providing evidence, explain why the evidence does not exist and what the campus is doing to be able to provide the evidence in the future.
General inquiries regarding the application process and for immediate assistance with technical issues, or guidance related to application content, please contact Carla Ortega Santori at Carla.Ortega.Santori@rice.edu.
The online form through GivePulse is the ONLY allowable means by which to submit your institution’s classification application responses. To have a link to the 2024 online application re-sent to your institution, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campuses that wish to withdraw their participation in the 2024 process can submit a refund request on or before October 15, 2023, to receive a refund of 50% of their application fees. No refunds will be processed after October 15, 2023. To request a refund, please send an email to Carla Ortega Santori at Carla.Ortega.Santori@rice.edu.
The deadline for submitting the application for the 2024 Leadership for Public Purpose Classification is December 2023.
The results of the 2024 Leadership for Public Purpose Classification application process will be announced in Spring 2024. Only those institutions that receive the classification will be announced. Institutions that are not classified during this cycle are notified privately.