Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement

History of the Classification

In 2006, the Carnegie Foundation created an elective Community Engagement classification to recognize evolving structures in higher education. 

This important designation requires colleges and universities to undergo a self-study of their community engagement practices and provide evidence-based documentation of improved institutionalization of community engagement in curriculum, scholarship and outreach.

In 2008, EMU received the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement in the second year it was offered bringing the total of recognized colleges and universities to 200. All of those who received the classification in 2006 and 2008 were required to reapply.

Successful re-classification depended in large measure on EMU's ability to demonstrate improved institutionalization of community engagement since our initial classification in 2008.

(Re)Classification 2016

In January 2016, EMU was once again recognized and classified as a community engaged campus. Externally, the Carnegie classification provides validation and recognition of our community engagement work. Internally, the Carnegie classification assists us in:

  • Strengthening our campus culture and identity
  • Supporting our ongoing activity in teaching, research and service
  • Collecting material and coordinated organizational support for community engagement at all levels

Get the details on EMU’s 2016 Carnegie classification and recognition.

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