CSU Bakersfield Celebrates Prestigious Community Engagement Classification from Carnegie Foundation

California State University, Bakersfield will be hosting a celebration in light of the recent selection for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification. Hosted by Dr. Horace Mitchell, President; Dr. Thomas D. Wallace, Vice President for Student Affairs; and Dr. Kathleen Knutzen, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, the event will be held on Tuesday, April 14th at 3:00 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library for internal constituents.

CSU Bakersfield is one of only 83 colleges and universities nationwide to be newly selected for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification. Among the tens of thousands of colleges and universities nationwide, only 240 now hold the Community Engagement Classification, with 83 of those being newly selected this year.

CSUB is involved in almost $20 million worth of ongoing private, state and federal grants – including $6 million in 2012-13 alone – used to support institutional engagement within the community. Further, direct funding for community engagement is broadly supported by all primary divisions at the university, including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, the President’s Office, University Advancement and Business Services.

In its continual community engagement efforts, CSUB also relies on input from many community advisory including the Executive Advisory Board for the School of Arts and Humanities, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and its Connections Committee, and the CSUB Industry and Education Roundtable.

“This is a tremendous achievement and a great honor,” CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell said. “Excellence, partnerships and community comprise the foundation of CSUB. This recognition from the Carnegie Foundation is validation of the emphasis this university places upon those principles.”

The Carnegie Classification™ has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four decades. Starting in 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, the Carnegie Classification was originally published in 1973, and subsequently updated in 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2005, and 2010 to reflect changes among colleges and universities. This framework has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.

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