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.