Towson University receives coveted Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

Carnegie distinction reflects university-wide commitment to regional engagement and outreach

TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 18, 2008)—The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching today announced that Towson University received the 2008 Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships.

“This classification is a significant milestone for Towson University that reinforces our long-standing metropolitan university mission to broaden and enhance the views of our students through collaborative on-and-off campus engagement that responds to the needs of our region,” said Towson University President Robert L. Caret.

Of 147 institutions that applied for the classification and participated in the extensive documentation framework review, only 119 were ultimately selected by a National Advisory Panel of community engagement scholars. Towson was one of 110 institutions classified in both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships categories.

Each institution was required to document specific practices that demonstrate the institution’s community engagement mission such as: evaluation of promotion and tenure practices, review of curriculum and systematic assessments of engagement activities, and a full inventory of reciprocal partnerships.

According to the Carnegie Foundation, of the 119 successfully classified institutions, 68 are public institutions and 51 are private. 

Towson University and the University of Baltimore are the only four-year public universities in Maryland that hold the national distinction. Other universities selected for the 2008 classification include: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, East Carolina University,  Duke University and Georgetown University.






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