DSU gets new Carnegie classification

Dakota State University has moved up in the latest Carnegie classifications from the "baccalaureate colleges and universities" to the "master’s colleges and universities" category.  Schools under this category typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and are committed to graduate education through the master’s degree.

Dakota State offers five masters degrees, and a doctor of science in information systems degree.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for grouping colleges and universities in the United States for comparison purposes.

The most visible effect of DSU’s move to the master’s category will be in the U.S.News & World Report annual rankings. Dakota State held the number one spot among public baccalaureate colleges and universities for the past five years.  The change in classification will put DSU in a category with public schools including the University of Minnesota-Mankato, Southwest Minnesota State-Marshall, and the University of Northern Iowa.

Part of the overall ranking for U.S.News is based on peer review. “We know we have what it takes to compare ourselves to these larger public masters’ institutions,” said Knowlton. “Our task will be to introduce ourselves to our new peers, and raise their awareness of Dakota State.”

Holding the number one ranking for five years was gratifying to Knowlton and the DSU community, but he says moving up is satisfying as well. “We have worked hard to implement strong graduate programs, and were aware that our success in that area would impact other areas for us, including the Carnegie classifications and potentially the U.S.News rankings. We see it as part of our growth as a university, and welcome the new challenges.”

The latest U.S.News rankings come out in August.

Last Updated: 1/10/12