2008 Community Engagement Classification


In January 2008 the call for applications for Carnegie's elective Community Engagement Classification was announced. Interested institutions were asked to declare intentions to apply by March 1, 2008. Two hundred and seventeen (217) institutions declared such intentions and on April 1 applications were sent to those colleges and universities. By the Sept. 1 deadline, 70 institutions had withdrawn from the application process, primarily declaring a lack of readiness for the classification requirements. One hundred and forty-seven (147) institutions did apply and the review process was conducted through Dec. 1.

The National Advisory Panel served as consultants to the classification team of Consulting Scholar Amy Driscoll, Senior Scholar Mei Zhao, and Nisha Patel in the review process. One hundred and twenty (120) institutions were successfully classified in Community Engagement, while 27 institutions were not classified in this process.

Of the successful institutions, 112 were classified in both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. Of the total applications, two were classified in Curricular Engagement only, and six were classified in Outreach and Partnerships only.

Of the 120 successfully classified institutions*, 68 are public institutions and 52 are private; 38 are classified in Carnegie's Basic Classification as doctorate-granting universities, 52 are master's colleges and universities, 18 are baccalaureate colleges, nine are community colleges, and three institutions have a specialized focus - arts, medicine, technology. The newly classified institutions represent 34 states and Puerto Rico.

List of 2008 Classified Institutions
Community Engagement Voices — Quotes from participating campuses

* Updated March 30, 2009. Central College was inadvertently omitted from the original list of institutions in the 2008 Community Engagement Classification under Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships.

Documentation Framework


This documentation framework (see Related Files below) provides a guide for institutions to develop and document their community engagement efforts. The framework is intentionally designed to support multiple definitions, diverse approaches, and institutionally-unique examples and data. The framework’s core consists of two parts, Foundational Indicators and Categories of Community Engagement. Only institutions that satisfy the required items in the first part should proceed to the second one.

Related Files


Please note: This document was prepared to convey the framework’s content, not the precise format of data collection. Small changes in content or format may be made in the online data collection.

2008 Documentation Framework (PDF; revised 10/23/2007)
Documentation Framework FAQs

Community Engagement Voices

As we seek to enhance [students'] academic success and civic-minded preparedness in a world that is growing more mutually dependent every year, this review process provides clear evidence of how important this city and metropolitan area are to this university and our willingness to share the responsibility and efforts needed for mutual success in the future.

– University Of Houston
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Community Engagement Institutions

See the full list of all institutions classified in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Download list

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Reading Room

Rethinking and Reframing the Carnegie Classification
Alexander C. McCormick and Chun-Mei Zhao

Carnegie's Community-Engagement Classification: Intentions and Insights (PDF)
Amy Driscoll

Attaining Carnegie's Community-Engagement Classification (PDF)
James J. Zuiches and the NC State Community Engagement Task Force
from Change (January/February 2008)

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