A New Way of Classifying Colleges Elates Some and Perturbs Others

Carnegie groupings de-emphasize research and seek to discourage ranking of institutions

What do Boston College, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Idaho have in common?

Not much. But in the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's latest classification of American higher education, released this week, all three appear in the same "Doctoral Extensive" category. That's evidence to some college experts that the new