Division of University Research Event

Carnegie Classification Information Session and Visit of Mushtaq Gunja

Friday, September 23, 2:15 p.m.

Complete the form here to access the folder containing the slides and video recording of the ACE Presentation on the Carnegie Classification System by Mushtaq Gunja.

The Division of University Research and the University Senate are pleased to host Mushtaq Gunja from the American Council on Education (ACE) on Friday, September 23, 2022. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching partners with ACE on the determination of Carnegie Classifications, a framework designed to recognize a commitment to research among colleges and universities. The organizations will work together to develop new and refined versions of the classifications, including a new social mobility index score.  

We encourage faculty and staff to attend this in-person presentation. Gunja will discuss the Carnegie classification system, the new social mobility index scoring metric, and how Rowan can optimize its performance. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about Rowan’s Road to R1.  

For more information, please contact Tabbetha Dobbins at or Bill Freind at


About Mushtaq Gunja:
Mushtaq Gunja serves as executive director of the Carnegie Classification systems and senior vice president at ACE, where he is in charge of running and reimagining the Carnegie framework.
Before joining ACE, Gunja served as assistant dean in academic affairs at Georgetown University Law Center. He managed academic policies for the law school, including accreditation, teaching methods and new programs related to increased educational outcomes. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law and previously taught at the University of Maryland School of Law and Washington Adventist University.
Gunja served as the chief of staff to the undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama. In this position, he provided strategic advice on developing and implementing policies across higher education. His focuses included improving access and affordability, highlighting practices to foster completion, encouraging innovation, improving the borrower experience for students with federal loans and ensuring fair treatment for higher education students. He also served in the Obama administration as deputy associate White House counsel with responsibilities for vetting and confirming the president’s political appointees. Before moving to Washington, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Baltimore, where he prosecuted various cases, including violent crime, racketeering offenses, drug conspiracies, and financial fraud. His work on the opioid crisis, prescription overdose deaths and doctors’ prescribing habits earned him three Drug Enforcement Administration Awards.
Gunja graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and magna cum laude with honors from Brown University with a B.A. in political science and diplomatic history.