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The online version of the IPEDS Glossary provides definitions for almost 500 postsecondary-related terms used in the collection and dissemination of IPEDS data.

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Carnegie Classification An institutional classification coding structure developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The 2000 Carnegie Classification categorizes selected institutions as:
  • Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive
  • Doctoral/Research Universities-Intensive
  • Master's Colleges and Universities I
  • Master's Colleges and Universities II
  • Baccalaureate Colleges-Liberal Arts
  • Baccalaureate Colleges-General
  • Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
  • Associate's Colleges
  • Specialized Institutions:
    • Theological seminaries and other specialized faith-related institutions
    • Medical schools and medical centers
    • Other separate health profession schools
    • Schools of engineering and technology
    • Schools of business and management
    • Schools of art, music, and design
    • Schools of law
    • Teachers colleges
    • Other specialized institutions
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities
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