The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently updated its classification of universities, resulting in a change in classification for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education created a Doctoral/Professional Universities category, and UTC is one of 151 institutions reclassified into the new category that includes Gonzaga, Hofstra, Elon and Pepperdine universities.
All of us at UTC can be proud of what is just the latest example of recognition of our commitment to delivering excellence in education that meets the needs of our students and makes our world a better place.
The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education created the Carnegie Classification in 1970 and published its first edition in 1973. Since then, the classifications have been updated eight times, including earlier this year. The Doctoral Universities categories have been reclassified to include “Doctor’s degree – professional practice.”
At UTC, these include our doctorates in learning and leadership, computational science, physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing practice.
The new categories, according to Carnegie, recognize the transformation underway in higher education in response to changes in marketplace and student expectations.
In 2015, UTC achieved national designation by Carnegie as a Community Engagement University. This designation is separate and apart from the doctoral/professional designation.
We are pleased to be among the select group of doctoral universities nationally that are classified in Carnegie’s Doctoral/Professional Universities category. This reflects our aspiration to raise UTC’s profile as a university offering programs that are as relevant as they are excellent.