Georgina Manok, The Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University, 401-863-3638
Mathew Johnson, The Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University, 401-209-4918
CARNEGIE FOUNDATION SELECTS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FOR 2020 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CLASSIFICATION
STANFORD, CALIF. & PROVIDENCE, R.I. (February 4, 2020) - The Carnegie Foundation has announced that Allegany College of Maryland is one of the 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.
This important classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee led by the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University, the administrative and research home for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
“These newly-classified and re-classified institutions are doing exceptional work to forward their public purpose in and through community engagement that enriches teaching and research while also benefiting the broader community,” noted Mathew Johnson, executive director of the Swearer Center.
“Allegany College of Maryland, with its long history of community and civic engagement, is honored to receive the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. We are proud of be one of only two Maryland community colleges to receive this honor,” said Dr. Cynthia Bambara, president of ACM.
Six colleges in Maryland have 2020 or 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement classifications: Allegany College of Maryland (2020), Loyola University Maryland (2020), Salisbury University (2020), University of Maryland Baltimore County (2020), Anne Arundel Community College (2015) and Towson University (2015).
Of the 119 institutions classified in the 2020 cycle, 44 are receiving the classification for the first time while 75 are now re-classified, after being classified originally in 2010 or 2015. These 119 institutions join the 240 institutions that earned the classification during the 2015 selection process, for a total of 359 campuses who are currently active holders of this important designation. Among the 2020 recipients of the classification, 67 are public institutions and 52 are private. For Carnegie’s Basic Classification, 52 are classified as research universities, 39 are master’s colleges and universities, 22 are baccalaureate colleges, 3 are community colleges, and 3 institutions have a specialized focus—arts, medicine, and other health professions. They represent campuses in 37 states and U.S. territories.
The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 14 years with multiple classification cycles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2020.
“We also note that many more institutions who are not receiving classification today are doing similar important work and we celebrate them as well,” Johnson added. “It is clear that many campuses are facing difficult times and finding it challenging to maintain and advance their community engagement in the current climate. It is our hope that by celebrating these classified campuses others might come to see community engagement as part of the strategy to address the current set of challenges in higher education.”
ABOUT THE CARNEGIE FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TEACHING:
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching aims to build a field around the use of improvement science and networked improvement communities to solve long standing inequities in educational outcomes. The Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (now housed at Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research) continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others.
ABOUT THE SWEARER CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE:
In 1986, Brown University President Howard Swearer founded one of the first public service centers in the nation, now named for him — the Swearer Center for Public Service. The Swearer Center is a hub of community, scholarship, and action at Brown University. Through innovative programs and fellowships that reach across Rhode Island and around the globe, the Swearer Center connects people to co-create knowledge and positive social change, advances the field of engaged scholarship, and integrates social innovation with community engagement. In 2017, the Swearer Center became the administrative and research home of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.