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Duquesne Recognized for Community Involvement by Carnegie Foundation

Duquesne University is one of 119 institutions nationwide to receive the 2008 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The foundation invited colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement to apply for the classification. Institutions elected to participate by submitting documentation describing their involvement with the local community and beyond. Duquesne was among those recognized in the category of curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships.

“Being selected for the Community Engagement Classification is an incredible honor,” said Lina Dostilio, director of service-learning at Duquesne, who coordinated the application. “It affirms our long legacy of seeking to serve and to learn from our community partners, and the self-study process allowed Duquesne to tell its story as driven by our mission and Spiritan identity.”

Designed to further encourage collaboration between universities and their larger communities, the foundation’s community engagement classification also includes curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships as two additional, separate categories.

“The classification gives us a great opportunity to celebrate our successes, and see how we can continue and improve our support for university-community partnerships,” said Dostilio.

“It is heartening to see this level of commitment and activity,” wrote Carnegie Consulting Scholar Amy Driscoll, who directs the Community Engagement Classification process, in Duquesne’s notification letter. “Clearly, higher education is making real strides in finding ways to engage with and contribute to important community agendas. There is much to celebrate.”

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