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Carnegie Foundation selects KU for 2020 community engagement classification

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

LAWRENCE — The Carnegie Foundation announced the University of Kansas is one of 75 institutions reclassified, after being awarded originally in 2010, with the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. KU is one of only 52 research institutions to receive it.

“We are pleased that the University of Kansas continues to be recognized for its commitment to community engagement,” Chancellor Douglas A. Girod said. “KU’s mission is to lift society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. We embrace this noble obligation and remain steadfast in our belief that public research universities like KU are essential to improving lives and solving society’s grand challenges.”

This classification was awarded following a process of self-study, a multicampus collaboration led by KU’s Center for Service Learning (CSL). The self-study document is assessed by a national review committee. The classification is the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education.

“This designation is demonstrative of KU’s multicampus collaboration and commitment to supporting genuine engagement with university and community partners for learning and research that reciprocally impacts our campus, local, state, national and global communities, said Susan Klusmeier, vice provost for academic success.

In the 2020 cycle, a total of 119 institutions were reclassified or received the classification for the first time. Among the 2020 recipients of the classification, 67 are public institutions and 52 are private. For Carnegie’s Basic Classification, 52 are classified as research universities, 39 are master’s colleges and universities, 22 are baccalaureate colleges, three are community colleges, and three institutions have a specialized focus — arts, medicine and other health professions. They represent campuses in 37 states and U.S. territories. 

“This classification process is essential in providing us a robust, dynamic framework for reviewing and enhancing our outreach activities among our peer institutions,” said Ryan Spaulding, vice chancellor of KU Medical Center.

For more information about the Carnegie Foundation, visit www.carnegiefoundation.org