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Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

Carnegie FoundationOn 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.)."

View the USI 2008 Application to the Carnegie Foundation for this classification.

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