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The new Carnegie Classification system of higher education institutions is now in use on economicdiversity.org. The new classifications were released in February 2006, and increased the total number of classifications from 18 to 33. Thirteen of these additions are for Associate's colleges. One addition was made to the Research category, one addition was made to the Master's category, and Other Technology replaced Teachers College in the Special Focus category. One significant change is that the new Basic Carnegie Classification is based on a single year of data instead of three-year averages. The most current data available for all institutions through 2004 was used. The update cycle has yet to be decided, but it is expected to be more frequent than in the past. The Basic Classifications will be used in the 2007 publication of U.S. News & World Report's rankings of "America's Best Colleges." On economicdiversity.org, we have created shorter labels for the Basic Classifications so that they can be displayed more easily on institutional profiles and data tables. We have also added "Carnegie" as a criteria when choosing institutions for comparison.

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There is now a variable called "Fall Term International Students" for every school in the database. On institutional profiles, the variable is in the "Students" section under the heading "Total Undergraduate Enrollment."

International students are not eligible for federal Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, PLUS loans, or work study programs. Researchers may want to subtract the number of international students from the overall enrollment number before calculating the percentage of students who receive Pell Grants or other federal financial aid. One reason we added this variable was to make that calculation possible.

How do international students fund their US education? Possible sources include a student's home country, the US institution they attend, and international organizations such as the Fulbright program, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization. There is no centralized source of data on the incomes of international students in the US.

The most comprehensive online resource for international students who want to study in the US is here.

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This blog is a place to discuss issues related to the role of income in higher education and the Economic Diversity of Colleges database. The database is the first publicly-available source of college-level information on student income, race and ethnicity, loan and grant usage, and over 128 other variables. The goals of both economicdiversity.org and economicdiversity.info are:
  • To make public the extent to which American colleges and universities enroll undergraduates from various economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds;
  • To encourage discussion and examination of economic diversity and related issues; and,
  • To identify ways to improve the quality and use of data related to access and success in higher education.
Readers can learn about new updates to Economicdiversity.org, issues and questions raised by the data, economic diversity in the news, and more. We encourage you to comment on and link to our posts in order to foster more dialogue and awareness about economic diversity and related data issues. This blog is maintained by TICAS staff.

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