The Carnegie Foundation and Canadian Higher Education

Research Projects


The purpose of this research project is to work collaboratively with the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and Learning to research in more detail the extent of its investments in Canadian higher education (including rationales, funding, partners and legacy).  Such knowledge may assist putting into historical perspective the current Community Engagement Classification project, and situate this work within a longer term trajectory of American influence and capacity building for the sector.

This knowledge may in turn be of use to the PhiLab as it examines more broadly the role of foundations more generally within Canada, and the work they have undertaken in co-creating the communities and political economies that have come to define the Canadian state and its nations.

Affiliated Hub(s): Western Hub

Research AxisSectoral or regional portraits of philanthropy

Project supervisor: David Peacock, Western Hub researcher, Community Service-Learning Director, University of Alberta

Partner(s): The Carnegie Foundation

Team member(s): Professor Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., Director, Carnegie Foundation and Connor Thompson.

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The continuing influence of the Carnegie Foundation on Canadian post-secondary education

Making Post-Secondary Education Possible in a Pandemic, publié par Edmonton Community Foundation

Peacock, D., Tompson, C. J. (2022).  The Carnegie Corporation and Philanthropy in Canadian Higher Education: A Case Study on the University of Alberta’s Department of Extension.  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement,  26 (2), 151-163.