Legacy Work

The Carnegie Foundation has a long tradition of creating institutions, processes, and products and, when they are of benefit to teaching and learning, providing them to the field for future stewardship and use. The following is a selected list of prior work and projects that are no longer active or are administered elsewhere. Follow the links to learn more about this vital work.


Advancing Teaching–Improving Learning

The Advancing Teaching–Improving Learning (ATIL) program sought to enhance the capacity of those working in the field of teacher assessment and evaluation by helping them to learn from emerging practices to build more effective information systems to advance teacher quality.

Related link: ATIL web page


Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Higher Education

CASTL represented a major initiative of the Carnegie Foundation. Launched in 1998, the program built on a conception of teaching as scholarly work proposed in the 1990 report, Scholarship Reconsidered, by former Carnegie Foundation President Ernest Boyer, and on the 1997 follow-up publication, Scholarship Assessed, by Charles Glassick, Mary Taylor Huber, and Gene Maeroff.

More information: Carnegie Archive website


Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. Since October 2014, it has been administered by Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research.

Related link: Carnegie Classifications website


Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement

The Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification that involves the documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. The application process for the Community Engagement Classification is administered by the Swearer Center at Brown University.

Related link: Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement website


The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) launched in 2007 with the goal of redesigning doctoral preparation for professional practitioners. It is now an independent initiative working collaboratively to improve professional preparation in education. CPED institution members and their faculty engage in a model of professional development to learn from and with each other the best ways to design professional preparation, and to integrate improvement ideas and research into the preparation of aspiring PK-20 leaders.

Related link: CPED website


K-12 & Teacher Education

From 1997 to 2008, the Foundation’s work with K-12 teachers and those who educate teachers involved the development of dynamic examples of exceptional classroom teaching in diverse classroom settings to give educators the pedagogical tools to further advance the preparation of our nation’s teaching force. These initiatives include:

  • Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) K-12
  • Goldman-Carnegie Quest Program
  • Professional Development Applied in the Classroom – Elementary Literacy
  • Higher Education Faculty Collaboration in Preparing Teachers – Elementary Mathematics

More information: Carnegie Archive website


Knowledge Media Lab

The Knowledge Media Laboratory (KML) worked to create a future in which communities of teachers, faculty, programs, and institutions collectively advanced teaching and learning by exchanging their educational knowledge, experiences, ideas, and reflections by taking advantage of various technologies and resources.

More information: Carnegie Archive website


Professional and Graduate Education

Carnegie has a long history in the study of professional education, beginning with The Flexner Report in 1910 and legal education in the 1930s. In this tradition, Carnegie investigated preparation for several professions between 1997 and 2009 and also examined the doctorate as the professional degree for college and university teachers. These studies include:

  • Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate
  • Preparation for the Professions Program (PPP)
  • Clergy Education Study
  • Engineering Education Study
  • Legal Education Study
  • Medical Education Study
  • Nursing Education Study
  • Liberal Education Study

More information: Carnegie Archive website


Undergraduate Education

Carnegie’s undergraduate education programs from 1997 to 2009 investigated the conditions under which teaching and learning took place and what they looked like. The focus was on ways to improve and advance classroom teaching and learning at colleges and universities. This work also supported a view of liberal education that included a commitment to diversity and to the empowerment of students as participating and contributing members of society. These programs include:

  • The BELL Project
  • Cultures of Teaching and Learning
  • Integrative Learning Project
  • Higher Education and the Development of Moral and Civic Responsibility
  • Political Engagement Project
  • Strengthening Pre-Collegiate Education in Community Colleges (SPECC)

More information: Carnegie Archive website


U.S. Professors of the Year

From 1981 to 2015, the Professors of the Year program honored outstanding faculty members for their achievement as undergraduate professors. Sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it was the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Related link: U.S. Professors of the Year website