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CSU Blueprints and Strategies for
Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

Summary: In spring 2006, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning modernized its original classification system for institutions of higher education and introduced the elective classification "Community Engagement" as part of its new system. There are two stages to the "Community Engagement" designation process. The first asks institutions to demonstrate how their institutional identities and commitment support community engagement. The second stage asks institutions to document concrete efforts in either A) Curricular Engagement; B) Outreach and Partnerships; or C) both categories. More information.


Given the strong ethos of engagement demonstrated by CSU campuses, I believe that several campuses are well-positioned and might want to consider applying for this voluntary designation.

Gary W. Reichard,
CSU's Executive Vice Chancellor
and Chief Academic Officer

Campus Applications and Processes
Each of the 10 CSU campuses that received the Community Engagement Classification (5 in 2006, 5 in 2008) had its own unique approach in collecting the necessary information for the application. Read below to find out more including the opportunity to view campus applications (applications are password protected).

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Last Updated: October 19, 2010