Member Colleges Selected for Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

In January, many New England Council member colleges were classified or reclassified for Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement. Four members were selected for the first time this year: Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Emerson College , Lasell College, and Northeastern University. Seven members were reselected: Bunker Hill Community College, University of Maine, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Stonehill College, Tufts University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Keene State College. The University of Massachusetts was one of only two university systems nationwide to have all of its schools honored. Council members University of Maine Machias, North Shore Community College, Suffolk University, New England College and Southern New Hampshire University have been classified in previous years.

The Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification for which colleges and universities with a focus on community engagement are invited to apply. In their applications, institutions submit information describing how they are engaged in their communities, both local and beyond. The Carnegie Foundation then studies these materials to determine which colleges to classify. Colleges use this classification to self-assess and improve their services and partnership with the community. 240 colleges were selected this year, bringing the number of total colleges classified to 361.

“The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities. These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions,” said John Saltmarsh, Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.

The New England Council congratulates these members on their dedication to the New England communities and beyond.

Learn more from the Carnegie Foundation or the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. See the full list here.

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