New Carnegie Foundation Classification for ANE

FROM: David Caruso, ANE President
RE: New Carnegie Foundation Classification for ANE

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is the organization responsible for classifying higher education institutions into the familiar categories such as doctoral granting universities, master’s level institutions, baccalaureate colleges, and so forth. The Foundation has recently implemented a new elective classification that designates institutions as “community engaged colleges and universities.” In order to receive this classification from the Foundation an institution must complete a detailed application that supports the breadth and depth of its community engagement activities. Community engagement is defined by the Foundation as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Earlier this Fall, Grants Office Director Don Woodhouse, with the support and assistance of many others around campus, prepared our application for this new classification. With the submission of our application, we joined hundreds of other institutions across the country seeking this award. I am proud to announce that we were notified recently by the Foundation that Antioch New England was awarded the classification as a community engaged institution.

The letter from the Carnegie Foundation stated: “Congratulations! Your institution is one of our newly classified, community engaged colleges and universities. Your classification affirms the institutionalization of Community Engagement at Antioch University New England, and extends to both Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.” The letter also commends ANE for “demonstrated excellent alignment between mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.” We are now listed on the Carnegie Foundation web site as one of only sixty-two institutions in the nation to have received the community engagement classification for both Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.

I would like to extend my personal congratulations and deep appreciation to our faculty, staff and students whose efforts on behalf of ANE’s mission of community service made this significant recognition possible.