Joseph’s College is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Carnegie
Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement
Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service
throughout its mission and daily interactions on campus and within the local,
regional, and global communities.
classification reflects the dedication the Saint Joseph’s College community has
not just to living our core values, but to providing our students learning experiences
that prepare them to be both skilled and compassionate citizens of the world,”
says Kimberly Post, Saint Joseph’s director of community-based learning. “As a
Sisters of Mercy institution we are altruistic by nature, and the Carnegie
classification recognizes this as well as our real-world, community-based
approach to teaching and learning.”
until 2025, this is the College’s first time earning the Community Engagement
Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. For 2015, the Foundation selected
240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its Community Engagement
Classification. Of this number, 83 institutions are receiving the
classification for the first time, while 157 were re-classified, after being
classified originally in 2006 or 2008. These 240 institutions join the 121
institutions that earned the classification during the 2010 selection process.
Post says the application process for this award took more than two years of
research and fact gathering, drawing upon the experience and knowledge from
numerous members of the College community, including Vice President and Chief
Academic Officer Michael Pardales and President Jim Dlugos. Post examined
community engagement in all areas of the institution, from students to faculty
accomplished one of the more distinguished examples of community engagement
noted in the application. During the 2012–2013 academic year, 821 students
participated in community-based learning as part of their coursework, and 150 students
engaged in co-curricular community service. Faculty participation was
impressive as well, with 52 on-campus and online faculty integrating community
engagement into their curricula.
Carnegie classification comes just a month after the College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor
for 2014. The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, highlights colleges and
universities that place students on a lifelong path of civic engagement and
their role in solving communities’ struggles.
important for a Catholic, liberal arts college to educate the whole person,”
says President Dlugos. “Part of that education is to break down the walls that
separate higher education from the ‘real world.’ Our students learn from their
first semester at Saint Joseph’s that they are embarking on an integrated, community-focused
education. This Carnegie Foundation recognition demonstrates that this approach
to education works and is important. This is a significant day for everyone in
the Saint Joseph’s, neighboring, and global communities.”
its award letter, the Foundation recognized the College’s “excellent alignment
among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that
support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement…. The application also
documented evidence of community engagement in a coherent and compelling
response to the framework’s inquiry.”
and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were
invited to apply for the classification, first offered in 2006 as part of an
extensive restructuring of The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of
Higher Education. Unlike the Foundation’s other classifications that rely on
national data, this was an “elective” classification—institutions participated
voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent
of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.
importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so
many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local,
regional, national, and global communities,” says John Saltmarsh, director of
the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. “These are campuses that
are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference
in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”
first-time recipients of the classification, 47 are public institutions and 36
are private. The complete list represents campuses in 33 states and U.S.
territories, and can be found on the New England Resource Center for Higher
Education’s website, nerche.org.
Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education,
developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a
research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (now housed at
Indiana University Bloomington's Center for Postsecondary Research) continues
to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional
personnel, policymakers, and others.