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Carnegie Invites Institutions to Apply for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching invites colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement to apply for the elective classification, first developed and offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The elective Community Engagement Classification provides a way for institutions to describe their identity and commitments to community with a public and nationally recognized classification.

A total of 311 institutions have been successfully classified in the Community Engagement Classification since 2006. Campuses that received the Classification in 2006 and 2008 will undertake re-classification application and review in order to retain the Classification. Campuses classified in 2010 do not need to apply for re-classification at this time.

“The Community Engagement Classification represents a significant affirmation of the importance of community engagement in the agenda of higher education,” said Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk.  “The Foundation believes that the Classification provides campuses of every institutional type an opportunity to affirm a commitment to community engagement as an essential aspect of institutional mission and identity.”

The Foundation defines community engagement as “the 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. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.” That definition and the documentation frameworks for the classification and re-classification are intentionally inclusive to honor the diversity of institutions and their approaches to community engagement.

Those institutions interested in the 2015 Classification, either as first-time applicants or campuses seeking re-classification, are urged to review the application process, timeline, documentation frameworks, and other information on the Carnegie website before making a decision to apply. Applications are available between May 1 and July 1, 2013, and will be due on April 15, 2014.

2015 Community Engagement Classification Timeline
January 2013 Announcement about the 2015 process
May 1, 2013 Deadline for registering
September 9, 2013 Release of applications
April 15, 2014 Applications Due/Reviewing begins
December 2014 Review Process completed/ campuses notified
January 2015 2015 classification results announced

2015 Classification: Campus Classification and Re-Classification

  • First Time Classification
    For the 2015 classification, campuses that have not previously received the classification will need to submit an application using what is referred to as the “first-time documentation framework.” A PDF version of the Documentation Framework to be used for planning purposes only is available here. There is also a guide attached to this version to assist institutions in the documentation planning process.
  • Re-Classification
    For the 2015 classification, institutions that received the classification in 2006 and 2008 and are seeking to retain the classification will be able to re-apply through a reclassification process. A PDF version of the application for reclassification to be used for planning purposes only is available.
  • 2010 Classified Institutions
    Institutions that received the classification in 2010 will not need to do anything in 2015. 2010 classified campuses will retain the classification until 2020. To be reclassified in 2020, the 2010 campuses will need to reapply through a reclassification process announced in 2018.

Inquiries about the Community Engagement Classification should be directed to John Saltmarsh at ( or Amy Driscoll (

John Saltmarsh, Director
New England Resource Center for Higher Education
617 287-7743

Amy Driscoll, Consulting Scholar
Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
503 227-9443

Campus Spotlight: Breaking Ground at UMBC

Breaking Ground at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

UMBC has been a key campus in the American Democracy Project’s Civic Agency initiative. We’re excited about the new BreakingGround initiative at UMBC which builds on UMBC’s commitment to fostering civic agency; it is yet another example of how institutional intentionality can contribute to cultural change on campus.

BreakingGround is a true campus-wide collaboration: inspired in part by student initiatives, building on a variety of successful service-learning and social change projects, supported by faculty from many disciplines, deeply rooted in UMBC’s culture and history of innovation and entrepreneurship.  BreakingGround features courses developed or redesigned to promote civic agency; incentives to link community service projects with opportunities for deep learning and engagement; numerous opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners to collaborate on campus and community change projects; and a blog for sharing stories, launching community discussions and promoting involvement.  Like the most successful social change movements, BreakingGround is inclusive and organic, tapping the talents and passions of the participants and helping them pull together to advance the common good.  In the wake of calls for higher education to become far more creative and effective in supporting democratic learning and engagement, BreakingGround is UMBC’s way of helping to “make the road by walking.”

About the Project

UMBC is helping to lead an extraordinary, new higher education movement toward innovative, energetic campus and community engagement. In a time of widespread skepticism about the capacity of our democracy to respond to society’s needs, UMBC’s initiatives are demonstrating the power of individuals and collaborative groups as agents of meaningful change and renewal. This work is deeply embedded in a campus culture that builds community from diversity and celebrates ingenuity and resourcefulness.

UMBC’s campus and civic engagement projects have developed over the past decade in a variety of departments, programs and student organizations linked by informal networks and conversations. Now, to deepen this work and make it more visible on campus and beyond, UMBC is fostering an intentional and powerful coalescence. This emerging collaboration, known as BreakingGround, launched in August 2012 through innovative courses, community engagement activities and online conversation.

Please visit the BreakingGround website (, and follow/share the initiative on Twitter through #digUMBC.

Read ADP Campus Coordinator David Hoffman’s recent Breaking Ground blog post here.

SHSU Professor Honored with David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award

Congratulations to Phillip Lyons, professor of criminal justice and executive director of the Texas Regional Community Policing Institute at Sam Houston State University (Texas), for being honored with a faculty excellence award. Phillip, who attended the ADP 2012 national meeting in San Antonio in June, is the first recipient of the David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award. This award is named for a former SHSU provost who founded ADP at SHSU.

What a great example of institutional intentionality in terms of recognizing and rewarding faculty for driving civic learning and engagement more deeply into the heart of the academic enterprise!

Congrats, Phillip!

— Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

Faculty Recognized With 2012 ‘Excellence’ Awards

June 25, 2012
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

Faculty Excellence winners
Provost Jaimie Hebert and university President Dana Gibson congratulate the four winners of the 2012 Faculty Excellence Awards. This year’s recipients include (from left, flanked by Hebert and Gibson) Stacey Edmonson, Excellence in Service; Richard E. Watts, Excellence in Research; John Newbold, Excellence in Teaching; and Phillip Lyons, the first recipient of the David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award. —Photo by Brian Blalock

Professors at Sam Houston State University do more than just teach. For the approximately 900 faculty members currently teaching at SHSU, their days are filled not only with service in the classroom, but within their communities and to their fields through scholarly research.

This year, four whose demonstrated commitment stands out from among their peers have been selected to receive one of SHSU’s Faculty Excellence Awards.

The 2012 winners include John Newbold, Excellence in Teaching; Richard E. Watts, Excellence in Research; Stacey Edmonson, Excellence in Service; and Phillip Lyons, the first recipient of the David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award.

Phillip Lyons

Phillip Lyons

As the first recipient of the David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award, Phillip Lyons continues to move into the foreground of Sam Houston State University’s motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service.”

The engagement award, named after former provost David Payne who formed the university’s American Democracy Project Committee, is given to a faculty member who shows “excellence in Community Engagement through their teaching, research, and service.” Through SHSU’s Engaged Scholars Committee, colleges offer academic community engagement-certified courses (a total of 106 courses) in which students apply the knowledge of their academic disciplines to define and address issues of public concern and advocate for change through close, collaborative, community partnerships.

Currently professor of criminal justice and executive director of the Texas Regional Community Policing Institute at SHSU, Lyons offers two courses that have a community engagement focus, face-to-face “Policing Strategy” course and his on-line “Law and Society” course.

His instrumental work in establishing an internship between Alvin and League City Police Departments as part of the Chinese Police Cadets Exchange Program, which hosts students from the Zhejiang Police College in Hangzhou, China, has made a worldwide impact. For this work, the City of League City proclaimed Jan. 11, 2012, as Chinese National Police Day and extended its “Building Bridges Award” as “a token of our esteem and mutual respect.”

“His eloquence in handling multiple personalities during the yearly cadet program puts everyone involved at ease. He is masterful in forming partnerships not only with students from another country, but also with two police agencies who furnish the host families,” a support letter stated.

“Professor Lyons believes these students greatly benefit from living the American policing lifestyle, and he has proven correct,” the letter continued. “These young cadets that visit League City will surely be important policy makers, and I am certain that the individuals will reflect upon their visit to America with admiration and respect. No one can anticipate the policy outcomes that may occur from such memories.”

It is a sentiment resounded by the cadets when they reflect back upon the experience.

“With the great hospitality and consideration of our host family and the Alvin Police Department, we had a special experience which allowed us to go deep into American life and develop a comprehensive knowledge of the practice of American policing,” one student said. “But what touched us most was that we made more kind friends from this special and impressive experience.”

“Theories experienced for oneself speak much louder than theories written in textbooks,” another student said.

College of Criminal Justice colleagues point to his work within the classroom utilizing a focus on community engagement that make is work so important to the college, stating that “his message is consistent, serve the students, the community, and the school;” “Philip has such a well-established history of course-related community engagement for his students;” and “he had community engagement components in some of his courses even before there were ACE courses.”
Watch and listen to Phillip talk about academic community engagement at SHSU here.

Learn more about ADP at Sam Houston State University here.

Institutional Intentionality: IUPUI’s Civic Engagement Medallion

Like ADP’s William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement, given  to AASCU chief academic officers (provosts) in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates, IUPUI’s William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion honors the legacy of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties while also acting as a mechanism to recognize and reward those moving the civic engagement movement in higher education forward. Given annually to graduating students to honor their civic engagement efforts, the Medallion is an act of institutional intentionality — a means by which the campus formally recognizes and rewards informed, engaged citizenship. Read below to learn more about this award.

Kuddos to IUPUI and the more than 90 students awarded this honor since 2006!

– Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion

William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for Graduates

The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion was established in 2006 to honor graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement.

The application is due annually on March 1st.

In alignment with IUPUI’s mission, the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion has been established to recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities during their years as an IUPUI student. The medallion is named in honor of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties from 1988 to 2006, Dr. William Plater, a strong advocate of civic engagement during his career.

Students who are awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion will have exhibited personal development, intellectual growth, and positive community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences. Recipients are expected to have engaged in a variety of activities demonstrating depth and diversity of commitment in serving their communities, while making a significant investment to at least one community experience over time.

Click here to see the full text of Plater Medallion applicaiton. All official applications should be submitted through the online form above.

Application Requirements and Materials
Applicants for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion are undergraduate students who will receive their respective degrees by August 2013. Students completing their degree requirements in December of 2012 are also eligible to apply.

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement is defined as active collaboration that builds on the resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of the campus and community to improve the quality of life in communities in a manner consistent with the campus mission. Examples of civic engagement experiences could include volunteer service at a non-profit agency, participation in a service learning course, contribution of voluntary work on a political campaign, advocacy on specific social issues, involvement with a faculty member on a community-based research project, or employment in a community work-study position.

Dr. William M. Plater

Willam M. Plater

As the chief academic officer for IUPUI, William M. Plater led campus efforts to improve undergraduate retention, enhance the effective use of technology, develop IUPUI as a model for civic engagement, and increase research productivity as a part of the campus vision to become a leading urban research university. Administrators and faculty from across the country come regularly to IUPUI to learn about its innovative programs in undergraduate education, programs that Dr. Plater was instrumental in designing and developing. Plater is active in his community, serving currently or formerly on the boards of The Children’s Museum, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indiana Humanities Council, the Indiana University Press, the Indiana Partnership for Higher Education, the Indianapolis Economic Development Advisory Board, MUCIA, WFYI, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. He holds baccalaureate (1967), Master’s and Ph.D. (1973) degrees in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In July 2006, Dr. Plater became the director of the Workshop on International Community Development, a joint program of the IU Center on Philanthropy and the Center on Urban Policy and the Environment of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Every year, recipients are honored with their medallions at the Showcase for Civic Engagement. The Showcase of Civic Engagement highlights the work of IUPUI faculty, students, and community partners in research, teaching, and service activities that have a positive impact on Indianapolis communities Commitment to Excellence in Civic Engagement Funds.

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