ERIC Number: EJ782167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Attaining Carnegie's Community-Engagement Classification
Zuiches, James J.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v40 n1 p42-45 Jan-Feb 2008
Now that the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated a first round of institutions that meet its criteria for engagement with their communities, in this article, the authors offer their reflections on the process for other colleges and universities preparing similar applications. They learned a great deal about their own institution as they addressed the concepts and processes underpinning the documentation of engagement. More importantly, they discuss how they defined, interpreted, and responded to measures of institutional identity and engagement activities. They also offer lessons learned about the importance of logistics: (1) Create a task force with representative, active, experienced members who have a history of working together successfully; (2) Schedule regular task-force meetings in a convenient place with each member present, in person or by phone, to create momentum and reinforce performance; (3) Reach out to leaders in units on campus where programs are conducted and records are kept--a vital prerequisite on a decentralized campus; (4) Debate issues of inclusion, exclusion, or interpretation; (5) Check your numbers and assumptions; (6) Clarify expectations about documentation by directly consulting Carnegie; and (7) Be flexible, and expect to revise the entries early and late in the process. Benefits of this effort are also discussed.
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