Registration Now Open for Institutions to Apply for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

May, 2013
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Registration is now open for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification.

Carnegie invites colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement to apply for the elective classification, first developed and offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The elective Community Engagement Classification provides a way for institutions to describe their identity and commitments to community with a public and nationally recognized classification.

Application process

Campuses that received the Classification in either 2006 or 2008 will need to complete a re-classification application in order to retain the Classification. Campuses classified in 2010 do not need to apply for re-classification at this time.

Institutions interested in the 2015 Community Engagement Classification, either as first-time or re-classification applicants, are urged to review the application process, timeline, documentation frameworks, and other information on the Carnegie website before making a decision to apply. The link is here:

Deadline & fees

First-time and re-classification applications are available from May 1 to June 30, 2013. To access the online Request for Application form, go to:

The fee for the Community Engagement Classification application is $300. Applications will be due on April 15, 2014.


Inquiries about the Community Engagement Classification should be directed to the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (Carnegie’s administrative partner) by email at

About community engagement

The Foundation defines community engagement as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.” That definition and the documentation frameworks for the classification and re-classification are intentionally inclusive to honor the diversity of institutions and their approaches to community engagement. Learn more about the classified campuses in community engagement.


John Saltmarsh, Director New England Resource Center for Higher Education
617 287-7743

Amy Driscoll, Consulting Scholar Carnegie Community Engagement Classification



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