Our Mission

The mission of the Carnegie Foundation is to catalyze transformational change in education so that every student has the opportunity to live a healthy, dignified, and fulfilling life.


We increase the number of underrepresented students who complete high school and succeed in post-secondary education.
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We transform the postsecondary sector to advance the social and economic mobility of underrepresented students.
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Future of

We mobilize and propel engaging and rigorous learning that prepares all students to thrive now and in the future.
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We advance the high quality use of improvement science to address the nation’s most important educational equity challenges.
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News & Updates

Tech for Social Good

Diving Deep: Examining Innovations in Food Security and Affordable Healthcare

From mastering Amazon’s ‘working backwards’ model to dialogues at Google HQ, Cohere AI, Coursera, our Global Leadership Program students are reshaping the future by intertwining technology and cultural insights.

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Learning Leadership Network

Reflections from the First Year

The connections Carnegie LLN members made proved instrumental in driving forward transformational initiatives while navigating leadership changes, natural disasters, and other challenges.

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Two Voices, One Powerful Message

Eliminating Affirmative Action Won’t Level the Playing Field 

Dismantling affirmative action will have a profound impact on American society. It will make hundreds of colleges and universities less diverse. It will diminish opportunity for all students to learn from and with people of different backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. 

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Envisioning the Future of Learning: Introducing the Carnegie Educator Advisory Panel

Advisors will provide important counsel on key initiatives underway at the Foundation across its Future of Learning portfolio, particularly the Foundation’s high school redesign initiatives. Additionally, our Advisors will share their stories of impact, lessons learned, and other firsthand accounts from the frontlines of today’s educational landscape.


Carnegie Foundation President Addresses State Education Leaders

Watch Carnegie Foundation President, Dr. Timothy Knowles, detail a visionary blueprint for the future of assessment at the April 2023 Modernizing our Education System Summit, hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers.


CCSSO Releases Actions States Leaders Can Take to Modernize Education System

Driven by a collective understanding that the old ways aren’t enough, the Council of Chief State School Officers gathered education innovators together to imagine a new landscape that doesn’t mend the cracks but rebuilds the foundation.

The Carnegie Postsecondary Commission

“This Commission mobilizes a cohort of innovative leaders who understand that the educational ecosystem in this country is falling far short of its promise for students from all walks of life.”

Dr. Shirley M. Collado, Commission Co-Chair

Meet the Commission Members