The Elective Classification in Leadership for Public Purpose

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University, in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the American Council on Education (ACE), has established the Carnegie Elective Classification for Leadership for Public Purpose.

Defining Leadership for Public Purpose

Effective leadership for public purpose transcends functional or instrumental leadership (i.e., personal career or political gain; or narrow business or organization outcomes), in pursuit of collective public goods like justice, equity, diversity, and liberty.

Leadership for public purpose can be manifest in all realms of social life such as private business, public and nonprofit institutions, neighborhood and community life, professional associations, civil and government institutions, and religious institutions.

Institutions that are committed to leadership for public purpose enhance the learning, teaching, and research mission of their institution by: developing leadership abilities in all institutional stakeholders; contributing to the public scholarly understanding of leadership as a public good, and understanding of the sociopolitical contexts, systems, and practices within which all leadership resides; and preparing students for lives of public leadership for public purpose in their careers, communities, and the broader society.

The 2024 Cycle Framework

2024 Carnegie Leadership for Public Purpose Classification First Time Framework 


Online Application

Applications are available on 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.

Applications must be initiated by July 1, 2023. Campuses can cancel an initiated application and request a refund until October 15, 2023. 

I’ve registered for the application. How do I access my institution’s application on GivePulse?

  1. Log in to
  2. From the account navigation on the top right corner, select “My Activity” and then “Surveys”
  3. Select the survey “First Time Classification” or “Re-Classification: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching” depending on your institution’s application status
  4. Within the application, there is a tab “Collaborators”. Within this section, you can add the names and email address of the individuals who will prepare the application.


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