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WSU to apply to Carnegie for community engagement classification

August 21, 2008

In fall 2008 Wayne State University will submit its formal application to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s elective classification for Community Engagement. Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. This voluntary classification will affirm that community engagement is an integral component of our institutional culture through outreach and partnerships and curricular engagement.

Outreach focuses on the use of institutional resources for benefits to both campus and community, while partnerships focus on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information and resources, including research, capacity-building and economic development.

Curricular Engagement describes activities where teaching, learning and scholarship engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students' civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being and enrich the scholarship of the institution.

For more information, please contact Kelley Skillin, ab8939@wayne.edu.