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CSUB receives Carnegie Foundation recognition

California State University, 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.  Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities existing nationwide, only 361 institutions hold the prestigious Community Engagement classification. 

The Carnegie Foundation released its 2015 list of select colleges this morning, recognized for excellent alignment among the campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support exemplary institutionalized community engagement.

“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 CSUB places on community engagement.”

The hard-won honor was achieved by building on the collective strengths of numerous innovative university-community partners. The CSUB Foundation Board; President’s Community Advisory Council; Council of 100; Alumni Association; Big Six; CSUB Industry and Education Roundtable; Enrollment Advisory Council; and the Executive Advisory Councils of each of the four schools are comprised of local business and industry executives, non-profit, education, and community leaders, and alumni.  University departments and units across Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, which includes Athletics, University Advancement, Business and Administrative Services, and Extended University, have developed partnerships that engage a far-reaching array of community constituents and interests.

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.

“The 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,” said 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.”

The Carnegie 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.

Listing of the institutions that currently hold the Community Engagement Classification

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