Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement
The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification. Classified institutions, as well as those seeking classification, collect data and document important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments. Substantial effort is required of an individual campus in preparing an application for potential classification.
This evidence-based documentation of a campus’ institutional practice is a form of self-assessment and is part of the quality improvement process. In this way, it is similar to an accreditation process of self-study. The application cycle opens every five years, with the most recent cycle concluding in 2015.
More information, including the announcement of the 2020 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement cycle, is available through the Swearer Center at Brown University, the administrative and research host institution for the Classification.