Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

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Since 2008, East Carolina University has held the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification from the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This acknowledgement highlights the work the university and its partners do together in communities across the globe. The elective classification – based on voluntary participation by individual higher education institutions – involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of ECU’s mission, identity and commitments.

The classification is evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement.  The documentation is reviewed to determine whether ECU, and other classified institutions, qualify for recognition as a community-engaged institution.

Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger local, regional, state, national and global communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated and engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

For more information on the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement, visit the foundation’s website.

2024 Carnegie Reclassification

News: ECU earns the 2024 community engagement reclassification. The reclassification is valid for 6 years.

2024 Reclassification Framework
Application Team
Community Engagement Examples
Community Partner Feedback


2015 Carnegie Reclassification

After receiving the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement in 2008, ECU applied for renewal in 2014. ECU submitted the documents below for the 2015 reclassification:

ECU received its reclassification on Jan. 7, 2015. The reclassification is valid for 10 years.

2008 Carnegie Classification

In 2008, ECU’s work as an engaged university was recognized after earning the elective Community Engagement Classification offered by the Carnegie Foundation. The classification offers ECU the opportunity to be recognized for our engagement with the community.

ECU submitted the following documents during the 2008 classification process:

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