WSU is seeking community engagement classification for higher education from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

No institutions in Washington hold this classification.
 
“As the land-grant university in the state, with a presence and community partnerships in all 39 counties, WSU is well positioned to be one of the first,” said John Gardner, vice president for economic development and extension.  
The deadline for submission of a self-assessment is Sept. 1, with decisions to be announced in December. This is the second time the Carnegie foundation has solicited applications for the classification; the first time was in 2006, when more than 70 schools applied.  

WSU’s Outreach and Engagement Council was established several years ago to identify and promote community engagement in all forms, including scholarship, teaching and learning, outreach and campus-community partnerships. Under the leadership of Muriel Oaks, dean of the Center for Distance and Professional Education, and Linda Fox, associate vice president for WSU Extension, the council is poised to pursue Carnegie recognition on behalf of WSU.
 
The council will collaborate with WSU’s Office of Institutional Research over the next few months to gather, synthesize and assemble information for submission. WSU Extension will contribute, as will many of the colleges and programs that have identified and documented community outreach and engagement as part of the recent program prioritization and university reaccreditation processes.

For more information, go to the Carnegie Foundation website ONLINE @ www.carnegiefoundation.org/classifications/index.asp?key=1213.