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Fredonia earns prestigious Carnegie Classification for community engagement

Initiatives to expand relationships with surrounding communities have earned Fredonia the 2015 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. more

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

A strategic action in the The Power of Fredonia Plan is to "build the documented record of structures, support, and visibility of community engagement so that Fredonia can be considered for external recognition, such as the Carnegie Elective Community Engagement Classification (2015)."

Announced in January 2015, Fredonia has earned the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Elective Classification.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification for campuses where there exists 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. According to the Carnegie Foundation, “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.”

The Carnegie Classification was pursued by a task force appointed in March 2013 by Vice President of Engagement and Economic Development, Kevin Kearns.

The Final Report is available HERE

Approval Letter HERE

Final Partnership Grid HERE

If you have any suggestions, questions or comments regarding the Carnegie Report Contact

Chuck Cornell, Director
Center for Regional Advancement


  • 808 Maytum Hall State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY 14063

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