Albion College will become the operational and administrative headquarters of the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions, a move that will put Michigan’s small private college at the center of the most important conversations in higher education.
The school announced the move on Monday morning.
The Carnegie System – also known as the Basic Classification – has been the way higher education recognizes and describes institutions. It was developed in 1970 by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.
In 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its research and policy analysis agenda. The categories include groupings such as R1: Doctoral Institutions, which include schools like the University of Michigan, where intensive research is the focus. There are a number of other classifications, all designed to group like-minded schools together.
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Management of the program will move to Albion in the spring of 2022. The college is already home to the Carnegie elective classification for community engagement, which includes schools that focus on working in their communities. The Basic Classification System has been hosted since 2014 at Indiana University.
“Albion College is an ideal example of an institution transforming the educational experience by discovering new opportunities and solutions,” said Paul LeMahieu, senior vice president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education, in a statement. Press. “With its focus on community engagement and scholarships serving the public, Albion is well positioned to continue to make an impact on the university landscape as a whole. The operational and administrative leadership of the Carnegie classifications is a prime example. “
When the base system arrives in Albion, it will mean that the college will keep the data collected by the system and will also be involved in hosting and organizing conversations about the future of higher education.
Albion chairman Mathew Johnson said one of those conversations he hopes to have is a discussion of how the different classifications are viewed. At present, the R1 designation is considered the highest level towards which all institutions should strive. Instead of being seen as “levels” to be achieved, the different classifications should be seen as groupings of like-minded institutions, he added.
“At Albion, we fully understand the responsibilities of higher education institutions to develop thoughtful students who have a lasting impact on society,” Johnson said in a press release. “With these classifications in place, we are ready to deliver on this commitment more effectively than ever before. “
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