Previous Community Engagement Classification Cycles
In January 2010, the call for applications for Carnegie's elective Community Engagement Classification was announced. Interested institutions were asked to register to apply by March 1, 2010. Three-hundred five (305) institutions registered and on April 1 applications were sent to those colleges and universities. By the Sept. 1 deadline, one-hundred fifty-one (151) institutions had withdrawn from the application process, primarily declaring a lack of readiness for the classification requirements. One hundred fifty-four (154) institutions did apply and the review process was conducted through Dec. 1.
The National Advisory Panel served as consultants in the review process to the classification team at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education of John Saltmarsh and Consulting Scholar Amy Driscoll. One hundred fifteen (115) institutions were successfully classified in Community Engagement, while thirty-two (32) institutions were not classified in this process. Five (5) campuses that had previously received the classification under the category of Outreach and Partnerships added the category of Curricular Engagement. One (1) campus that had previously received the classification under the category of Curricular Engagement added the category of Outreach and Partnerships. (Starting with 2010, there are no longer any separate classification categories – all campus applications have to be successful in both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships.)
Of the one-hundred fifteen (115) successfully classified institutions, sixty-one (61) are public institutions and fifty-four (54) are private; thirty-seven (37) are classified in Carnegie's Basic Classification as research universities, forty (40) are master's colleges and universities, twenty-eight (28) are baccalaureate colleges, six (6) are community colleges, and four (4) institutions have a specialized focus - arts, medicine, technology. The classified institutions represent campuses in thirty-four (34) states.
2006 and 2008 Classifications
In 2006 and 2008, campuses could seek the classification in three categories: Curricular Engagement, Outreach and Partnerships, or both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. For 2010, campuses seeking the Community Engagement Classification were no longer able to apply under Curricular Engagement only or Outreach and Partnerships only; there is only one classification that includes substantial commitments in the areas of Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships. A small number of campuses that received the classification under either Curricular Engagement only or Outreach and Partnerships only submitted applications in 2010 for the additional category. Clicking on the highlighted link below will take you to a list of the campuses in the particular category.
Curricular Engagement (2006 and 2008) includes institutions where teaching, learning and scholarship engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students’ civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the institution.
Outreach & Partnerships (2006 and 2008) includes institutions that provided compelling evidence of one or both of two approaches to community engagement. Outreach focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community. Partnerships focuses on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, capacity building, economic development, etc.).
Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships (2006, 2008, and 2010) includes institutions with substantial commitments in both areas described above.
NOTE: For 2010 (and beyond), campuses seeking the Community Engagement Classification will no longer be able to apply under Curricular Engagement only or Outreach and Partnerships only, which was the case in 2006 and 2008; there is only one classification that includes substantial commitments in the areas of Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.