Mason Receives New Classification from Carnegie Foundation

Posted: August 9, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason is one of four Virginia institutions classified as “Doctoral/Research Universities–Intensive,” according to a new ranking system of America’s colleges and universities created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

As published in the August 11 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education, George Mason, Old Dominion University, The College of William and Mary, and Virginia Union University are defined as institutions that offer “a wide range of baccalaureate programs and are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award at least ten doctoral degrees per year across three or more disciplines, or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall.”

Only 2.9 percent of the 3,856 institutions classified by the Carnegie Foundation were placed in the same category as George Mason. The majority (42.5 percent) were classified as “Associate’s Colleges” and 19.2 percent were named “Specialized Institutions.”

The last time the Carnegie Foundation categorized the nearly 4,000 U.S. colleges and universities was in 1994. At that time, George Mason was categorized as a Doctoral II institution. According to the Chronicle, this current classification effort is considered an interim step toward an overhaul scheduled for 2005 of Carnegie’s entire system. This classification was created in 1970 to group institutions by their academic missions and to serve as a research tool for scholars of higher education.

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