Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has an elective community engagement classification that many member campuses wish to achieve. The foundation describes 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 University of Pennsylvania’s Ira Harkavy, more directly, says:
No more prizes for predicting rain. Prizes only for building the arks.
2015 is the next year that campuses will be eligible to receive the community engagement classification, and ERCC is assembling resources and offering conferences that will support institutions on their journeys to that goal. This page offers presentations from the 2011 ERCC Conference, along with additional related materials from ERCC contributors that explain the classification and how to move toward achieving it. Be sure to also visit the promoting engaged scholarship area, which offers both a rubric and a concept map for promoting engaged scholarship.
- Understanding the Context of Engaged Scholarship is a presentation from the 2011 ERCC Conference by Professors Dwight Giles and John Saltmarsh. It includes an overview of the classification system, clarification of engaged scholarship, lessons learned from classification processes between 2006 and 2010, information on institutional change, and a preview of the 2015 classification process. (PowerPoint)
- Being an Engaged Institution and the 2015 Carnegie Application is a presentation from Professor Dwight Giles’ February 2012 visit to The New York Campus Compact Roundtable. It focuses more tightly on the 2015 classification process. (Powerpoint)
- Community Engagement and Professional Advancement through Engaged Scholarship, also by Professor Dwight Giles, includes comprehensive exploration of the notion of engaged scholarship, quality evaluation criteria, documentation, and the most recent research on how institutional incentives and culture affect engagement. Importantly, the presentation also includes strategies, models, resources, and challenges from engaged institutions. (Powerpoint)