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Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

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.
-          Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification takes place on a five-year cycle, and requires an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching reviews this documentation to determine whether the institution qualifies for recognition as a community engaged institution.

In February 2013, the campus communities of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture elected to work closely together to attain this joint designation for the first time. Engagement is foundational to our roles as public research universities. The majority of our Top-25 peer institutions have te Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.  Ten other institutions in Tennessee also carry the designation.

A standing Carnegie Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Elizabeth Burman, Director of Community Engagement & Outreach (UTK) and Tim Cross, Dean of Extension (UTIA).