UW Bothell is actively pursuing the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification as an end and a means of developing our community engagement infrastructure in a way that aligns with best practices. This work involves institutionalizing community engagement through campus identity and commitment, curricular engagement, and community outreach.
About Carnegie Classification
The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus. The classification is not an award. It is an 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 the institution qualifies for recognition as a community engaged institution (cited from nerche.org). UW Bothell plans to apply for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in April, 2019 for the 2020 cycle.