Eastern Michigan University
Jessica "Decky" Alexander
Director, Office of Academic Service-Learning
203-D Boone Hall
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti MI 48197
Carnegie Classification Survey
EMU is applying for Carnegie re-classification as a Community Engaged university in 2014 and your responses to the survey are critical to this application process! This survey, constructed and administered by a committee of administrators, faculty, staff, and students supported by the Provost, University Government, and Community Relations offices. It is intended to gather current data on the scope of community engagement activities at Eastern Michigan University.
Successful re-classification depends in large measure on EMU’s ability to demonstrate improved institutionalization of community engagement since our initial classification in 2008. ("Institutionalization" in this context refers to recognition of community engagement as part of our identity, mission, and ongoing activity in teaching, research, and service, as well as to material and organizational support for community engagement at all levels."). You can find the surveys here.
Community Engagement Surveys
Giving Context to our Classification in Community Engagement
In 2008 we received the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement (its not an award, but a recognition). The classification process then (and now) required universities and colleges to engage in a self-study of their engagement practices by providing evidence-based documentation on everything from curriculum to scholarship to partnerships and outreach.Brief History of The Classification: Carnegie created this classification as a way to recognize the evolution in higher education as the old classifications (eg current: MA and Research I,etc.) did not reflect the breadth and depth of university activity, mission and purpose.
The documentation was reviewed to determine whether the institution qualified for recognition as a community-engaged institution. All of those who received the classification in 2006 and 2008 and want to continue being a Carnegie Community Engaged Campus are now required to reapply.
Requests to re-apply were launched in May 2013 and the application is due in April of 2014.
Why the Carnegie Classification is important to EMU.
Internally the Classification process has provided a roadmap in the organizing, collaborating and institutionalizing of community engagement at EMU. A roadmap hat honors both the individuality of EMU and engages us in a national dialogue/conversation on Community Engagement in Higher Education.
The Classification helped legitimized EMU's community engagement work as critical and relevant to EMU's present and future. Such legitimacy is further evidenced by the integration of community engagement into our New University Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
Mission : EMU enriches lives in a supportive, intellectually dynamic and diverse community. Our dedicated faculty balance teaching and research to prepare students with relevant skills and real world awareness. We are an institution of opportunity where students learn in and beyond the classroom to benefit the local and global communities.Vision :Eastern Michigan University will be a premier public university recognized for student-centered learning, high quality academic programs and community impact.
There are some significant changes from the 2008 to 2013-14 application namely its emphasis on the institutionalizing of community engagement.
Specifically the application and process, 'seeks evidence of how community engagement has become deeper, more pervasive, better integrated, and sustained at your institution. The focus is on depth and quality within a sustainable institutional context, not greater quantity per se (re-classification document 2013)."
The Classification process is equivalent in time, complexity and content to that of an accreditation process.
More information on the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement can be found here.