USA Hopes to Attract 'Strong' Student Applications with Carnegie Classifications

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Samarpita Goswami
Updated on Feb 16, 2022 05:38 PM IST

The research universities in the USA might get Carnegie Classifications of Higher Education, which were first established in 1970 and are the most prominent frameworks for recognising academic excellence. 

USA Hopes to Attract 'Strong' Student Applications with Carnegie Classifications
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Universities across the US have said that being recognised in a respected research framework like the Carnegie Classifications of Higher Education will help to attract 'strong' students and ensure wider participation.

The Carnegie Classifications of Higher Education, which were first established in 1970, are the most prominent frameworks for recognising academic excellence in the US. These classifications are focused on assessing the academic excellence of US universities. They also recognise the various aspects of research.

One of the most sought-after classifications is the Doctoral University, which is regarded as a very high-quality research activity. The R1 designation, which has been around for over five decades, is usually applied to universities that have excellent research capabilities. Currently, there are 146 R1 schools. This classification serves as the basis for various rankings systems, such as the U.S. News & World Report.

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Leslie Neely, an associate professor of educational psychology at UTSA, praised the school for achieving this recognition. She noted that this recognition will help UTSA attract more students. It is also one of the only 20 universities that are classified as both R1 and Hispanic serving institutions. She stated that this recognition is a testament to the hard work of the faculty and the support of the school's community.

The Carnegie Institution for Community Engagement was established to recognise institutions that contribute to the local communities they serve. Steve Syren, a PhD student at the University of Tennessee, said that being recognised as a part of the Carnegie Classifications is an honour for him. The university first was given this recognition in 2015. According to him, being acknowledged for the work that its students do is a testimony to the quality of the research that they produce.

He also praised the school's community partnerships. He said these are very important to the academic success of the students. In May, the American Council on Education and Indiana University will join forces to establish a new criterion that recognizes institutions that excel in addressing social and economic mobility. Miguel Cardona, the US secretary of Education, said that the new criterion should encourage schools to improve their inclusivity and academic excellence.

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Frederick Engram Jr., an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, said that the changes in higher education should begin immediately. Engram said that many of the problems that affect higher education are caused by the lack of inclusivity. He noted that this issue is affecting the staff and faculty of colour.

Although he was pleased that more students will be considered for admission based on merit, Engram noted that the way these policies are implemented can still negatively affect minorities.

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