Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement
On December 18, 2008, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
announced the University of Southern Indiana was successful in its application
for the Community Engagement Classification. This achievement recognizes USI’s
ongoing collaboration with the tri-state community and beyond in both curricular
engagement and outreach & partnerships. These community engagement designations
are defined as:
"Curricular Engagement includes institutions where teaching,
learning and scholarship engage 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."
"Outreach & Partnerships includes institutions that provided compelling evidence
of one or both of two approaches to community engagement. Outreach focuses on
the application and provision of institutional resources for community use with
benefits to both campus and community. Partnerships 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.)."
the USI 2008 Application to the Carnegie Foundation for this classification.
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