Carnegie

The classification was first offered in 2006 and and has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in US higher education for the past 13 years. The Swearer Center at Brown University became the administrative and research host institution for the classification in January 2017.

It is an elective classification. Participating universities conduct a self-study to capture a full picture of the various elements of institutional commitment to community engagement. This involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions.

The classification framework represents best practices in the field, and encourages continuous improvement through periodic re-classification.

A total of 361 institutions in the US are currently classified as Carnegie Community Engaged Campuses.

The What and Why of Implementing Carnegie in Australia
The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification allows universities to demonstrate their commitment to the communities they serve and to share good practice in the sector. It has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in US higher education for the past 15 years. The framework, after being contextualised for the Australian context through a pilot process, is now being implemented in Australia.

“The opportunity to collectively forge an Australian community engagement classification through a world-leading framework is a game changer for higher education in Australia. Enhanced ability to benchmark, reward, incentivise and achieve scaled impact will enable and drive the critical mission of universities as institutions in service of society.” – The Hon. Verity Firth, Executive Director, Social Justice, UTS.

If you are wanting to find out about the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification or your institution is considering applying for the Classification and you would like to know what is involved in the process, please contact Josefina Delas: mariajosefina.delas@uts.edu.au.