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 https://www.brown.edu/swearer/carnegie.

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 georgina_manok@brown.edu or (401) 863-3638. For guidance related to application content, please contact Swearer Center Distinguished Engaged Scholar in Residence John Saltmarsh at john_saltmarsh@brown.edu or (617) 287-7743.

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