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What is Community Engagement?

“Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The purpose of community engagement 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.” –Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

For more information on Community Engagement, Community Service, and Service Learning, visit the websites for the Carnegie Classification, Campus Compact, and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.