The Carnegie Foundation established the Community Engagement Classification in 2006 to emphasize the importance of service and community engagement in higher education. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification defines community engagement as “the 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 first elective classification, released in December 2006, focused on community engagement and was issued for a second time in 2008. A total of 196 institutions have been successfully classified in Community Engagement. Initially, classification was granted in two areas: Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships. In 2010, there is only one classification that requires substantial commitments in both Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.
UC Davis has applied for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships Initiative. Our university has had a long and distinguished history of utilizing its knowledge and expertise to make a difference locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. This Carnegie Classification will further identify us as a leader in academic and scholarly outreach and engagement.