In addition to being members of state and national community engagement networks, TU has been nationally recognized for being a community engaged university.
Classification for Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation
In 2008, Towson University was awarded Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships Classifications by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Curricular Engagement Classification is given to institutions that emphasize engaged and collaborative teaching, learning, and scholarship that deepen students’ civic and academic learning and enhance community well-being. The Outreach & Partnerships Classification is awarded to institutions that demonstrate a commitment to community engagement. This could be through making institutional resources available to the community or through collaborative interactions with the community. By being awarded both classifications, TU has wholly demonstrated its commitment to community engagement at all levels.
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
TU is also consistently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Appointment to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service for exemplary service and contributions to America’s communities. The Honor Roll is a way to highlight the role of colleges and universities in serving their communities.
Towson University is a frequent recipient of this honor, earning it for the past several years. A large percentage of the university’s students participate in service-learning and community service on a yearly basis. They devote countless hours to organizations such as local schools, the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and others.