Carnegie Gives High Marks to Rhodes for Community Engagement

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Publication Date: 12/8/2006

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced this week that Rhodes is one of 62 colleges and universities in the country that has met its standards for both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. To create this elective classification, the Foundation, working with a team of advisors, developed a documentation framework to assess the nature of an institution’s community engagement commitments.

“The Community Engagement Classification is an exciting move in Carnegie’s work to extend and refine that classification of colleges and universities,” said Alexander McCormick who directs the Foundation’s classification work. “It represents a significant affirmation of the importance of community engagement in the agenda of higher education.”

According to President William E. Troutt, it’s also an exciting development for Rhodes. “Our vision is to graduate students with the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world," he said.  "This classification means that one of the most respected bodies in higher education certifies that we are doing exactly that. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Since 1970, the Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. It has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students or faculty.