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Community Engagement Classification

Institutions of higher education can apply for a Community Engagement Classification (CEC) offered by The Carnegie Foundation. By applying for this designation, we assessed and promoted our community engagement efforts.

The CEC process helped to bring together the Duquesne constituencies that actively engage the community and helped foster greater communication and collaboration among them.

Duquesne University achieved the CEC in December 2008 after a year-long self-study in which many faculty, community stakeholders, administrators and staff helped to compile an accurate representation of their community engagement efforts. Ultimately, the CEC process brought attention to community engagement at Duquesne and the Duquesne community members who keep it alive.

The Carnegie Foundation

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with a primary mission to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education.

Elective Classification Documentation

The new classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. Community Engagement describes 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.

View the Community Engagement 2008 Documentation Framework. It provides a guide for institutions to develop and document their community engagement efforts.

Community Engagement Self-Study Document

Duquesne community members can view the University's 2008 Community Engagement Self-Study in DORI, Teaching tab, Academic Affairs channel.