Historical Projects

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 The following is a selected list of prior work and projects that are no longer active or are administered elsewhere.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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

K-12 and Teacher Education

From 1997 to 2008, the Carnegie 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:

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: