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  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching defines community engagement as:

    "...collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity." 

    Authentic community engagement:

    • enriches scholarship, research and creative activity,
    • enhances curriculum, teaching and learning,
    • prepares educated and engaged citizens,
    • strengthens our democratic values and civic responsibility,
    • addresses critical social issues and
    • contributes to the public good.  


  • The Carnegie Foundation describes curricular engagement as:

    "...the teaching, learning, and scholarship that engages faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration.   Their interactions address community identified needs, deepen students' civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being and enrich the scholarship of the institution."     (Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement 2015 application form)

  • The Carnegie Foundation identifies outreach as activity that:

    "...focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources for community use." (Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement 2015 application form)

  • The Carnegie Foundation describes a partnership as a relationship that:

    "...focuses on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, capacity building, economic development etc.)"  (Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement 2015 application form) 

    Partnerships are distinguished from outreach by their mutually beneficial and reciprocal nature.

  • Presently IU Northwest defines service learning as:

    "...a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development." (Jacoby, B. and Associates (1996). Service-learning in Higher Education: Concepts and PracticesSan Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.