Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement provides a special-purpose classification for higher education institutions with commitments in the area of community engagement.

The classification is not an award. It is intended to assist in a process of institutional change to improve the educational effectiveness of the campus through the institutionalization of community engagement. In this way, it is similar to an accreditation process of self-study. The classification framework represents best practices in the field and encourages continuous improvement through periodic re-classification.

The elective classification is currently housed at the The Howard R. Swearer Center at Brown University and all information can be found on their website at

The Swearer Center is committed to making regular updates to its website, listed above, which features a timeline and resources to support applicants including workshops, webinars, publications, and assessment tools to measure the inputs (ex. National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement – NI3CE) and outputs (ex. National Assessment for Service and Community Engagement – NASCE) of community engagement on your campus.

For general inquiries regarding the Carnegie application process and web resources and tools, please contact Swearer Center Research and Assessment Manager Georgina Manok at or (401) 863-3638. For guidance related to application content, please contact Swearer Center Distinguished Engaged Scholar in Residence John Saltmarsh at or (617) 287-7743.

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