Strategic Priorities

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has a long tradition of pioneering a broad range of transformative advancements in K–12 and higher education. Today, the foundation has set its sights on tackling the nation’s most significant educational challenge: Achieving educational equity for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and first-generation students, as well as students experiencing poverty and/or homelessness.

Carnegie leverages its expertise, assets, partnerships, convening power, and social and reputational capital to address long-standing educational inequities that impede economic mobility and exacerbate racial inequality.

To accomplish these aims, the Foundation:

  1. Educational Attainment:  We increase the number of underrepresented students who complete high school and succeed in post-secondary education.
  2. Postsecondary Innovation: We transform the postsecondary sector to advance the social and economic mobility of underrepresented students.
  3. The Future of Learning: We mobilize and propel engaging and rigorous learning experiences that prepare all students to thrive now and in the future.
  4. Improvement Science: We advance the high quality use of improvement science to address the nation’s most important educational equity challenges.

Carnegie does not undertake this work alone. Key to executing the work—and having impact at scale—is partnership. Thus, we are forging community with many organizations and stakeholders with whom we already collaborate and with whom we historically have not.

Carnegie will continue to serve as convener, ideator, designer, illuminator, amplifier, and propellent. However, an institutional commitment to equity compels us to collaborate in new ways with new partners using new mechanisms to invite new stakeholders to engage, solve problems, build knowledge, and have impact with us.