After 50+ years, the Carnegie Classifications system, a tool that categorizes U.S. colleges and universities (degree-granting), is undergoing significant changes through our partnership with the American Council on Education. For a deeper understanding of our renewed direction, please read this Q&A piece, Reimagining the Carnegie Classifications, from the Association for…
Category: Thinking about Improvement
September 6, 2023 July 12, 2023
Eliminating Affirmative Action Won’t Level the Playing Field – It Will Tilt It Further in the Wrong Direction
The end of the academic year usually brings a collective exhale of relief at colleges and universities. Today the education sector is stunned and disappointed. In two Supreme Court decisions – rooted in ideology, not reality – six conservative justices struck down affirmative action in higher education. Dismantling affirmative action…
April 13, 2023
This is the final installment of a three-part series offering a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Carnegie Summit and sharing stories from our improvement community.
March 30, 2023
The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching today unveiled a new website as part of their efforts to reimagine the Carnegie Classifications and modernize the nation’s leading framework for grouping institutions of higher education.
March 7, 2023
This is the second post in a three-part series offering a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Carnegie Summit and sharing stories of our improvement community.
February 25, 2023
This week the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching joins the Sharjah Education Academy’s International Summit on Improvement in Education. Carnegie’s own Tim Knowles, Paul LeMahieu, Tony Bryk, Jojo Manai, and Marytza Gawlik will each present to the Sharjah community about the tools, principles and methods of improvement science,…
September 20, 2017
Addressing complex educational problems using positive deviance requires detective work. The task: to discover “outliers” who have succeeded under conditions where most others fail; uncover the strategies they use; and design opportunities to share those strategies.
March 2, 2017
When the Kentucky Department of Education wanted a strategy to significantly increase the number of high school students prepared for college and/or careers, it turned to deliverology, a method used by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to make good on his campaign promises.
February 8, 2017
User-centered design is key to developing meaningful change to improve student achievement, and networked improvement communities help ensure and maintain the focus on human needs.
January 15, 2017
The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Call to Action and Educational Equity
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the fierce urgency of now as an immediate call to action for social justice. The phrase and meaning behind must be thoroughly and thoughtfully applied to educational equity, writes UCLA education professor Louis Gomez.
January 11, 2017
With the upcoming presidential inauguration and confirmation hearings for the next education secretary, Carnegie Foundation and other scholars are urging the new administration to shift federal education policy to support better school improvement strategies.
January 5, 2017
Failure can be a learning experience, but only under certain conditions. The work must matter, and there has to be a leader who can manage the costs of failure, understands improvement research, and keeps people focused on finding a solution instead of placing blame.
December 21, 2016
There’s ample new evidence of successful interventions to increase high school and college graduation rates to prepare students for today’s jobs. But, in this Memo to the President, Carnegie researchers explain what the federal government has to do to help spread this work.
November 14, 2016
Policy can do a lot to support positive changes, but policy alone isn’t effective in such large, diverse, and complex arenas as education, wrote policy analyst Paul Lingenfelter in comments solicited by the federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.
October 31, 2016
What will it take to make effective, lasting, and scalable education improvements? It’s not a silver bullet. Policymakers and practitioners must start working together to design solutions based on research and evidence.
June 9, 2016
In a recent SSIR article, Srik Gopal and Lisbeth B. Schorr make the case that an uncritical application of the "Moneyball" ideal is a flawed approach that overlooks "the fundamental realities of how complex social change happens."
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