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Carnegie Hack #46: When to use 2017-18 Data

Welcome to "Does It Count" October!

We've gotten lots of questions about what data is acceptable to include in your applications. You've presented a variety of data characteristics, asking whether this type of data "counts." The answer is almost always, it depends. Maddening, right?!

So, this month, we're answering your most common questions about data characteristics. Enjoy!

When to Use 2017-18 Data:

Ideally, this is the data for answering questions about numbers of students, courses, faculty, etc. that participated in community engagement activities, especially curricular and co-curricular activities.

For those of you using the Getting Carnegie Classified Toolkit, that goes for all the questions that address "results" in the Carnegie Roadmap and the Carnegie Progress Tracker.

Where Carnegie is Coming From:

At the Carnegie Academy hosted by IUPUI in October 2017, John Saltmarsh and Mathew Johnson both publicly clarified that Carnegie applications should reflect the most recent information about community engagement on your campus.


2017-18 is the last complete academic year before the application is due, so it will be the most recent complete information. In other words, Whole Data.

Hey, does that mean I can't use older or newer data?

Of course you can use data from this year or before 2017-18.

Read this month's Carnegie Hacks for guidelines on when to use which data.

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