About The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Primary Sponsor of the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence and structured opportunities to build knowledge.

Carnegie is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals and institutions to advance teaching and learning. We join together scholars, practitioners and designers in new ways to solve problems of educational practice. Toward this end, we work to integrate the discipline of improvement science into education with the goal of building the field's capacity to improve.

Anthony S. Bryk, whose work has informed and inspired school reform efforts, took office as the ninth president of the foundation in September 2008.

Throughout this century, the Carnegie Foundation has contributed many influential achievements in education, including:

  • Developed the nonprofit Teachers Insurance Annuity Association of America (TIAA) which, together with College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF), is the largest pension system in the United States
  • Published the Flexner Report on medical education, a seminal report that led to the establishment of standards of medical training in the United States
  • Created the Carnegie unit, which standardized high school course credits for use in the college admissions process
  • Founded the Educational Testing Service
  • Established the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education 
  • Developed the Graduate Record Exam
  • Published more than 100 influential studies on higher education that led to dramatically increased federal support for higher education and federal financial aid to college students

For more information about the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, visit our website at www.carnegiefoundation.org.

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