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Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is a national organization responsible for classifying all institutions of higher education.  In 2006, the Carnegie Foundation began a Community Engagement Elective Classification.  Institutions were welcome to submit documentation for this evidence-based classification in two categories:  1) Curricular Engagement and 2) Outreach and Partnerships.

CSUSM was one of 76 institutions in the country to achieve the elective classification, and one of 62 to receive classification in both categories.  Review the CSUSM 2006 Application for the Elective Classification in Community Engagement.

For the 2015 reclassification process, CSUSM recently submitted its Application for Reclassification to demonstrate how well the institution lives the Carnegie community engagement definition and purpose outlined below:

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.