Purdue again receives Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

January 8, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University has again received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

 Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, first offered in 2006. Purdue first received the classification in 2008.

"As a land grant university, community engagement at all levels is an important part of what Purdue is about," said Steve Abel, associate vice president for engagement. "We are pleased that the Carnegie Foundation has recognized the success of Purdue’s efforts by again awarding the university the Community Engagement Classification."

 According to the foundation, the Community Engagement Classification is unlike its other classifications that rely on national data. The Community Engagement Classification is "elective." Institutions participate voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, local or beyond.

The foundation says this approach has enabled it to address elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not represented in the national data on colleges and universities.

More information on the Community Engagement Classification, including a list of all universities receiving the classification, is available at http://nerche.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=341&Itemid=601 

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: Steve Abel, 765-494-2744, abels@purdue.edu 

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