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.