Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
WHAT IS THE CLASSIFICATION?
BGSU compiled an application for the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Elective Classification. The classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of community engagement related to institutional mission, identity and commitments, curricular engagement, outreach, and partnerships. The classification is not a reward, but an evidence-based documentation for self-assessment and quality improvement purposes. BGSU received the classification in 2006 and completed the application for re-classification in 2015. The data collected from across campus was used to identify excellence in community engagement work at BGSU and to share these best practices to broaden and deepen BGSU's commitment to community engagement. On January 7, 2015 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced that BGSU was one of the colleges and universities to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification.
How is Community Engagement Defined?
The Carnegie Foundation defines community engagement as:
“Community engagement describes 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.”
Additionally, the application asks us to make a distinction between community engagement programs/activities as either community partnerships or outreach programs. The definition of community partnerships used for this distinction is:
“Collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, capacity building, economic development, service-learning, etc.).”
The definition of outreach programs used for this distinction is:
“The application and provision of institutional resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community.” (e.g. extension programs, training programs, non-credit courses, evaluation support, co-curricular student service, work/study placements, library services, athletic offerings, etc.)