The University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus has earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s prestigious Community Engagement Classification.
The classification—a category of the foundation’s Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Learning—is awarded to universities and colleges demonstrating excellence in alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy engagement that strengthen bonds between campus and community in ways that advance the institution’s research and teaching missions while securing positive community impact.
Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for this elective classification, which was first offered in 2006. For the application, institutions submitted supporting materials documenting the extent to which community engagement was integrated with teaching, research, and scholarship, and strategic initiatives to further the institutionalization of community engagement into the institution’s academic fabric.
The Twin Cities campus was one of the few public research universities to receive the community engagement classification during the initial application process in 2006. All institutions that received the classification in 2006 had to reapply for reclassification, demonstrating substantial advancement in furthering community engagement within the institutional culture.
The University’s 90-page application featured more than 100 examples of University’s commitment to embedding academically-based community engagement, from urban health clinics to student service-learning, sustainable farming initiatives, main street business development, and mobile dental clinics. The application was prepared by the University’s Office for Public Engagement.
“This is a formal stamp of approval from peers who believe our campus is on the right path in building an institution that genuinely values community engagement as an important and essential component of our University’s work’ noted Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement. “Over the past decade, we have been strategic and intentional in our approach to further institutionalize community engagement through our University-wide Public Engagement Ten-Point Plan. We look forward to building on this work as we continue to deepen our partnerships with communities in Minnesota and around the world.”
The University of Minnesota, Morris was also selected to receive the Community Engagement Classification. For a complete list of institutions selected to receive the classification, visit the New England Resource Center for Higher Education's Carnegie Community Engagement Classification page.