In 2015, the University of Michigan Dearborn received the elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
About the Classification
The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus.
The classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. The documentation is reviewed to determine whether the institution qualifies for recognition as a community engaged institution.
The Carnegie Foundation selected 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Of that number, 83 institutions received the classification for the first time, while 157 are now re-classified, after being classified originally in 2006 or 2008. These 240 institutions joined the 121 institutions that earned the classification during the 2010 selection process. Currently, a total of 361 campuses have the Community Engagement Classification.