UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SELECTED BY THE CARNEGIE FOUNDATION FOR 2015 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CLASSIFICATION

12 January 2015
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SELECTED BY  THE CARNEGIE FOUNDATION FOR 2015 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CLASSIFICATION

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SELECTED BY  THE CARNEGIE FOUNDATION FOR 2015 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CLASSIFICATION
 
The University of San Diego has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Among this distinguished group, 83 institutions are receiving the classification for the first time, while 157 are now re-classified, after being classified originally in 2006 or 2008. These 240 institutions join the 121 institutions that earned the classification during the 2010 selection process. This distinction singles out the University of San Diego for its contribution to community engagement.
 
Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, first offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Unlike the Foundation's other classifications that rely on national data, this is an "elective" classification. Institutions participated voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community. This approach enabled the Foundation to address elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not represented in the national data on colleges and universities.
 
University of San Diego President, Mary E. Lyons, said “A USD education includes the ability to deliver an educational experience based not just on academics, but with a hands-on application through local and global programs, proximity to a developing country, and through a presence in diverse communities locally and internationally. Community engagement is woven into our undergraduate curriculum through intentional partnerships that link learning in the classroom to the wisdom of the community.”
 
Central to the classification process is a "documentation framework" developed by a team of advisors to help applicants (and reviewers) assess the nature of an institution's community engagement commitments.  For the 2015 distinction, 241 first-time applicants registered to receive the application, 133 institutions submitted applications, and 83 were successfully classified as community engaged institutions. Similarly, 188 campuses were eligible for re-classification, 162 submitted an application, and 157 were successfully re-classified.
 
Chris Nayve, Assistant Provost, Community Engagement and Director of the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, reiterated USD’s commitment to change making and its leadership role in the San Diego region. “Being a Changemaker Campus was a significant reason for our classification from Carnegie. To become a Changemaker Campus, you have to go through your own campus scan. Part of the Carnegie process was creating an inventory of all the things we’re doing. I think the Changemaker designation really framed a lot of our work and showed how we’re different since the 2006 classification.”
 
Among first-time recipients of the classification, 47 are public institutions and 36 are private. They represent campuses in 33 states and U.S. territories. In order to be selected, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.
 
 
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and the creation of ethical leaders. Chartered in 1949, the school enrolls approximately 8,300 undergraduate and graduate full-time equivalent students. The University of San Diego has a long history of public service and is recognized as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. The university’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business Administration, The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, The School of Law, The School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.