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American Council on Education (ACE) and the Carnegie Foundation seek input for a new economic mobility classification for Carnegie classification

June 13, 2024
By: Michele Hujber

The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching are seeking input into a social and economic mobility classification. The feedback form, available here, will be open until July 31, 2024. (Note: The feedback window has closed for basic classification.) In addition to the basic classification, the 2025 Carnegie Classifications will also include a social and economic mobility classification, which will organize institutions by looking at student characteristics, access, and outcomes, according to the organizations. This classification “will identify institutions throughout the U.S. higher education landscape that provide strong socio-economic mobility for students, and it will equip users to understand how an institution’s data compares to similar campuses. ”Institutions will have the opportunity to review their social and economic mobility classifications before they are released alongside the ACE-Carnegie revised basic classification.

“We plan to create a process this winter, similar to what existed in past years, where institutions will have a chance to preview their classifications ahead of finalization and release in spring 2025,” said Sara Gast, deputy executive director of Carnegie Classifications, American Council on Education.

“The 2025 Carnegie Classifications will include research designations as separate listings from the Basic Classification. There will be three research groupings, all of which will be set by a threshold. Thresholds may be changed in future years; updated methodology will be shared ahead of each classification release,” according to the groups.