Carnegie Community Engagement Framework

The Carnegie Foundation’s elective classification for Community Engagement affirms that a university or college has institutionalized Community Engagement in its identity, culture, and commitments. It also affirms that the practices of community engagement are aligned with the institution’s identity and form an integral component of the institutional culture. Those practices may be focused in curricular engagement, outreach and partnerships, or both.

Community Engagement describes 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 attached documentation framework (PDF) 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 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.

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Carol Burton
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies
The Office of the Provost


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