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									Memo                                                                                                        12/08/09

To:          Strategic Planning Committee
From:        Jim Meek
Subject:     LHU’s distinctive characteristics

I am sorry that I will be away on Friday attending the Middle States annual conference in Philadelphia.

I thought I would pass along a little information on Lock Haven’s distinctive characteristics. The Carnegie
Foundation classifies schools according to various characteristics (e.g., the familiar designation
“Research I”). In 2005, Carnegie introduced a new and more nuanced (i.e., complex) system of
classification using six variables (http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org). Intriguingly, out of
almost 4,400 institutions, Lock Haven is the only one with these six particular classifications (even
though we share a number of these with other PASSHE schools). I have included some nearby examples
of each kind of school and links in case you would like to see others. Enjoy.

Classification               Description                                                        #   Examples
A&S+Prof/SGC: Arts &         60–79 percent of bachelor’s degree majors were in the             89   Bucknell,
sciences plus                arts and sciences, and graduate degrees were observed in               Chatham,
professions, some            some of the fields corresponding to undergraduate majors               Millersville
graduate coexistence.        (but less than half).
Postbac-A&S/Other:           These institutions award master’s degrees in some arts            61   Clarion,
Postbaccalaureate with       and sciences fields as well as degrees in professional fields,         Delaware State,
Arts & Sciences (other       and the plurality of graduate degrees are in a professional            University of
dominant fields)             field other than business or education.                                Scranton
VHU: Very high               Fall enrollment data show both undergraduate and                 594   Albright,
undergraduate                graduate/professional students, with the latter group                  Edinboro,
                             accounting for less than 10 percent of FTE* enrollment.                Mount Aloysius
FT4/S/LTI: Full-time four-   Fall enrollment data show at least 80 percent of                 236   Bloomsburg,
year, selective, lower       undergraduates enrolled full-time at these bachelor’s                  Gannon,
transfer-in                  degree granting institutions. Score data for first-year                Lycoming
                             students indicate that these institutions are selective in
                             admissions (our analysis of first-year students’ test scores
                             places these institutions in roughly the middle two-fifths of
                             baccalaureate institutions). Fewer than 20 percent of
                             entering undergraduates are transfer students.
M4/R: Medium four-           Fall enrollment data show FTE enrollment of 3,000–9,999          157   Cal Univ. of PA,
year, primarily              degree-seeking students at these bachelor’s degree                     Frostburg,
residential                  granting institutions. 25-49 percent of degree-seeking                 Penn College
                             undergraduates live on campus.
Master's/S: Master's         Generally includes institutions that award at least 50           128   Kings,
Colleges and Universities    master's degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees per                Mansfield,
(smaller programs)           year. Master's program size was based on the number of                 Mercyhurst
                             master's degrees awarded in 2003-04. Those awarding at
                             least 200 degrees were included among larger programs;
                             those awarding 100–199 were included among medium
                             programs; and those awarding 50–99 were included
                             among smaller programs.

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