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Details on EMU's Carnegie Classification are available here


Giving Context to our Classification in Community Engagement

In 2008 EMU 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.

As of January 2015, EMU has been bestowed with this classification again. Please see this press release for more information. 

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.

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Community Engagement Survey Summary Report 2012-2013

Community Engagement Survey Definitions

2008 Carnegie Documentation Form


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 the 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.


(Re) Classification

January 2015 - EMU once again received the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement.

There were some significant changes from the 2008 to 2013-14 application namely its emphasis on the institutionalizing of community engagement.

The 2013-14 application and process, sought evidence of how community engagement had become deeper, more pervasive, better integrated, and sustained at our institution. The focus was on depth and quality within a sustainable institutional context, not greater quantity per se, (Re-classification Document 2013). A copy of the documentation framework can be viewed here

The Classification process is equivalent in time, complexity and content to that of an accreditation process.
Documents from the 2013-2014 (re)Classification include:
Partnership Grid
Presidential Summary

To view other 2013-14 application sections please contact the office of AS-L at aa_asl@emich.edu

Information on the Carnegie Classification on Community Engagement including the 2013-14 application framework can be found here.


Carnegie Classification Survey

EMU applied for Carnegie re-classification as a Community Engaged university in 2014. This survey was constructed and administered by a committee of administrators, faculty, staff, and students supported by the Provost, University Government, and Community Relations offices. It was 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."). A 2014-2015 survey will be administered in Winter 2015.


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