January 13, 2015

Adelphi University is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its Community Engagement

Carnegie CEC digital sealAs a recipient of the 2010 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, Adelphi University has been named in the recently released 2015 list of designated honorees. Awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, this announcement solidifies Adelphi’s commitment to its larger community for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Adelphi is one of 361 institutions that now hold the Community Engagement Classification, recognizing the University’s engagement and contribution to important community agendas. The University is one of only 24 institutions selected from New York.

A team of more than 20 faculty and administrators worked tirelessly on the application, led by Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Institutional Diversity Perry Greene, who chaired the Community Engagement Committee along with Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology Melanie Bush.

This classification is a testament to the University’s strong commitment to local, national, and global communities, and also brings national recognition of Adelphi’s progress as an ‘engaged university’ under President Robert A. Scott’s vision and leadership.

Initiatives that were highlighted during the process included the Levermore Global Scholars Program, Adelphi Community Fellows Program, Freshman Community Action Program, Global Student Teaching Program, and numerous others that set Adelphi apart as a community-oriented university.

Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, first offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Unlike the Foundation’s other classifications that rely on national data, this classification encourages institutions to apply by submitting documentation of their engagement with the community, which can be local or otherwise. This approach enables the Foundation to identify unique missions and programs that are not represented in the national data on colleges and universities.

In order to be selected, institutions were asked to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices.

The Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers, and others. The Community Engagement Classification is the first elective Classification created by the Foundation.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge. The Foundation is located in Stanford, CA. More information and a complete list of selected institutions may be found online at

For more information about Adelphi and its diverse array of community engagement programs and opportunities, please visit

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