American Council on Education | Carnegie Elective Classifications

Welcome! Information about the Carnegie Elective Classifications can be found on our new website: 

Elective Classification for Community Engagement:
  • Documentation Frameworks are available on our website
  • The application on GivePulse will open in March 2022. 
Elective Classification for Leadership for Public Purpose
  • Learn more about this new Elective Classification, administered by Rice University.
  • Framework documentation and application on GivePulse will be available in spring 2022.


The Carnegie Elective Classifications Central Office contributes to the fields of community engagement and social innovation through collaboration with students, faculty, community partners, institutions of higher education, and networks for community engagement and social innovation. In partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Carnegie Elective Classifications Central Office serves as the administrative home for the Carnegie Classifications including the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement.