Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

The Community Engagement Center on behalf of Pitzer College has successfully applied for and attained Carnegie Classifications in both the areas of Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships. Institutions of higher education are invited to apply to these distinctions every 5 years.

CEC recognizes and honors the students, faculty, staff and community members (past and present) who founded each of Pitzer College's community engagement programs and gives thanks to all those who sustain these partnerships day after day.

Community Engagement Classification

As an elective classification, the Community Engagement classification involves a substantial investment of effort by participating institutions in response to a detailed documentation framework. The framework was developed by Amy Driscoll in consultation with a national network of advisors, including participants in a pilot project conducted in 2005.

The first stage of the documentation process requires institutions to provide a set of entry or foundational indicators, Institutional Identity and Culture and Institutional Commitment. This includes both required and optional documentation examples and descriptions. For example, one requirement of Institutional Identity and Culture was that "the institution indicates that community engagement is a priority in its mission."

The second stage of the documentation process involves the provision of data and descriptions of engagement activities, with examples, under two categories: Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.

Curricular Engagement

Curricular Engagement refers to teaching, learning, and scholarship that engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community identified needs, deepen students' civic and academic learning, enhance the well-being of the community, and enrich the scholarship of the institution.

Outreach & Partnerships

Outreach & Partnerships refers to two different but related approaches to community engagement. The first focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources for community use benefiting both campus and community. The latter focuses on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, discovery, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, economic development, capacity building, etc.).

Institutions selected the appropriate category (or categories) within which to describe their engagement with community. The documentation process was extensive and substantive, focused on institutionalized approaches to community engagement.

The review process involved close reading of the documentation provided, including consultation with and participation by a national advisory panel. Institutions also received detailed feedback about the documentation they provided.

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