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Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

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DYU Students planting gardens for the community.

What is community engagement? 

The Carnegie Foundation describes community engagement as the 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.

What is the value of the Carnegie Classification?

Carnegie Classifications are the nation’s leading framework for categorizing colleges and universities in the United States. The classifications are a critical benchmarking tool for postsecondary institutions.

DYU’s classification of community engagement is significant as it requires collaboration and teamwork between the higher education institute and the community to foster a vibrant, healthy community. The award recognizes successful community engagement through communication, collaboration, consistency, compassion, creativity, and commitment.

Why seek the Classification? 

D'Youville works with over 60 sites in healthcare, community enrichment, children's services, and support for our vulnerable populations. This is done to work collaboratively to build a healthy and vibrant community where students and community alike can flourish. 

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D'Youville Campus Safety helps pack food kits that were distributed to over 90 families on the West Side for Thanksgiving.

D'Youville University joins 368 institutions in being awarded this esteemed honor. This award illustrates D'Youville's alignment with campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.  

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