The Carnegie Foundation offers an elective classification to institutions that excel in the institutionalization of practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. The Community Engagement Classification 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 classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. Whereas the Foundation's all-inclusive classifications involve secondary analysis of existing national data sources available for all institutions, elective classifications involve additional data collection and documentation, with substantial effort invested by participating institutions.
For more information about this award, please visit the Carnegie Foundation website.
As of 2010, three KsCC members have received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. The Carnegie Foundation indicates that the next application period will be for 2015.
Fort Hays State University
Kansas State University
University of Kansas