Carnegie Classification

Carnegie Classification Application Support

The Campus Compact network is pleased to provide a variety of learning resources to its members for the Carnegie Classification application process. In order to assure that our members are aware of these resources, we have created a menu of options.

More information is available on the national Campus Compact website.

Carnegie Classification Community

The application process for the Carnegie Classification on Community Engagement can be hard work, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Through the Campus Compact Carnegie Classification Community, you can connect with experienced practitioners, guest experts, and your peers around your efforts.

This virtual learning community offers a place to ask questions, discuss challenges, give suggestions and advice, and receive valuable support from your colleagues across the Campus Compact network. This is a resource for Campus Compact members only.

For more information, including registration information, see

The Engaged Campus: Preparing for 2015

The first of five webinars in Campus Compact’s Engaged Campus Series was facilitated by John Saltmarsh, Bob Bringle, and Gail Robinson. It provided detailed overview of the evolving criteria to be found in the 2015 application.

Click to download the detailed notes from the webinar.

Here is a snapshot:

Data from 2006–2010:

  • 311 classified institutions: 173 public / 138 private
  • 75% of 2010 completed applicants received award: 2% Community Colleges / 35% Research Universities
  • The 2015 full application will be available September 2013 / Application due April 2014 / Campuses notified December 2014

For 2015:

  • In order to be successful, campuses need to be in a position to answer ‘yes’ to foundational indicators A and B (A. Institutional Identity and Culture B. Institutional Commitment )
  • All 2015 classified institutions must achieve both curricular engagement AND outreach and partnerships
  • Applicants need to show progress on systematic campus-wide tracking or documentation mechanisms to record and/or track engagement with the community and must demonstrate how the data is shared with the public AND how assessment is aligned with institutional priorities
  • Applicants need to show community engagement defined and planned for in the strategic plans of the institution and must show an emphasis on community voice and reciprocity impacting on strategic plan

Other 2015 changes–main application:

  • Do the institutional policies for promotion and tenure reward the scholarship of community engagement? (not found in supplemental anymore and weighted more heavily)
  • ‘Curricular structures’ will need to be evident in main application – examples given were SL minors and certificates
  • Diversity issues in supplemental – CE connected with diversity, inclusiveness, and retention

Weakest areas found in Carnegie classified institutions:

  • Assessment – tracking / use / shared / for example, the number of service learning courses in target areas, aligned with strategic plan, reflecting breadth of majors and level of education (FYE/senior capstone)
  • Reciprocity – impact on institutional strategic plan
  • Partnerships – greater evidence of partnership nature being participatory, just, inclusive
  • Faculty rewards – Teaching, research, service – changes must be deeper and more pervasive

Carnegie Classification Framework

To see the full Carnegie First-Time Classification Documentation Framework, click here.

Powerpoint Presentations on the Carnegie Classification

  • Understanding the Context of Engaged Scholarship is a PowerPoint presentation you can download from the 2011 ERCC Conference by Professors Dwight Giles and John Saltmarsh. It includes an overview of the classification system, clarification of engaged scholarship, lessons learned from classification processes between 2006 and 2010, information on institutional change, and a preview of the 2015 classification process.
  • Being an Engaged Institution and the 2015 Carnegie Application is a PowerPoint presentation you can download from Professor Dwight Giles’ February 2012 visit to The New York Campus Compact Roundtable. It focuses more tightly on the 2015 classification process.
  • Community Engagement and Professional Advancement through Engaged Scholarship, also by Professor Dwight Giles, is a PowerPoint presentation you can download and includes comprehensive exploration of the notion of engaged scholarship, quality evaluation criteria, documentation, and the most recent research on how institutional incentives and culture affect engagement. Importantly, the presentation also includes strategies, models, resources, and challenges from engaged institutions.

Access more resources at Eastern Region Campus Compact’s website.