2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification


Through an intensive self-study and application process in 2010, Southern Utah University was first named a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution, a status reaffirmed in 2015.  At present, SUU is one of only 361 colleges and universities with this elective designation (less than 1% of all accredited higher education institutions in the country). SUU is currently in the process of applying to be named a 2020 Carnegie Community Engaged Institution.  

The purpose of community engagement, according to the Carnegie Foundation, "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, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."  Community engagement is a key component of SUU's Mission and Strategic Plan 2016-2022, both adopted in June 2016.    

On this page you will find resources and links that explain more about the Carnegie Community Engagement classification and SUU's university-wide self-study.  We will be sharing in early 2019 a draft of our self-study for public comments with the aim of submitting our final application by the deadline of April 15, 2019.  Notification from the Carnegie Foundation is expected in December 2019. Questions, concerns, and suggestions can be directed to Earl Mulderink at mulderink@suu.edu or 435/865-8341.

Helpful Information

2020 Carnegie Information Sheet

SUU's Carnegie Self-Study Team

SUU's Self-Study and Application Timeline

SUU's Carnegie Team Meeting Agendas

The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification (Brown University)

John Saltmarsh and Matthew Johnson, "An Introduction to the Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification," Chapter One, The Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification (Boston, MA: Campus Compact and Stylus Publishing, 2018). (Additional chapters available on request.)

Marshall Welch, "Reframing Experiential Education: A Broader Perspective of Community Engagement" Experiential Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ELTHE) Vol. 1, No. 1 (2017): 65-86.