2020 Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Posted by Brown University on February 19, 2018

On Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching & The Howard R. Swearer Center at Brown University released the newly revised application frameworks for the 2020 Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Using these frameworks, colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement are invited to begin the application process for the Classification, first developed and offered in 2006 as part of a restructuring of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The Swearer Center became the administrative and research host institution for the Classification in January 2017.

The application frameworks, which outline questions that will be asked in the formal application, can be accessed online.


Interested campuses can submit completed applications online via a web portal beginning May 1, 2018. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2019

The elective classification provides a special-purpose classification for institutions with commitments in the area of community engagement. It is intended to assist in a process of institutional change to improve the educational effectiveness of the campus through the institutionalization of community engagement.

For more information on the announcement, please read the press release on the Swearer Center’s website. The Carnegie Classification is part of the College & University Engagement Initiative at the Swearer Center.


For general inquiries regarding the Carnegie application process and our web resources and tools, please contact Swearer Center Research and Assessment Manager Georgina Manok at [email protected] or (401) 863-3638. For guidance related to application content, please contact Swearer Center Distinguished Engaged Scholar in Residence John Saltmarsh at [email protected] or (617) 287-7743.

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