Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
WHAT IS THE CLASSIFICATION?
BGSU is currently compiling an application for the 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 will be completing the application for re-classification. We hope to use the data collected from across campus not only to complete the application, but 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.
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.)
How do I report my programs/activities?
Various individuals have been contacted to provide relevant data about community engagement programs/activities in their respective areas. If you have not received a request for data, please check within your area first in order to avoid duplication. If your area was not contacted, then please review the following three documents to identify if you should submit data:
Instructions and Definitions – Outlines the instructions for identifying which programs/activities to submit, key definitions, and crucial reporting details.
Intent to Submit – A cover sheet for you to use as your list of programs/activities to report and whom in your area will be completing the reporting form.
Program/Activity Data Report Form – This form is designed to gather data about community engagement programs and activities in your area. We ask that you complete a single form for each community engagement program/activity you submit. The more activities you submit that fit the criteria, the better we can make the case for re-classification.
If you determine that your programs/activities should be submitted, please send your completed Intent to Submit Form and Program/Activity Data Report Forms to Paul Valdez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do I need to submit my data?
The complete application is due April 15, 2014. However, time is needed for the core team to synthesize data and compose strong responses to each question. Therefore, all data from programs/activities must be submitted by Friday, March 14, 2014.