Carnegie Foundation Elective Classification for Community Engagement

Community engagement at the University of Arizona is the intentional and mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources with local, state, regional, Tribal, national and global communities, through collaborative listening, teaching, research, outreach and service. Our commitment to engagement is fundamental to our university's mission, vision and values, helping to ensure that communities - across our state, our nation and our world - thrive.


The University of Arizona is applying for recognition as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University. This elective classification will help us to systematically identify and make visible our community-engaged teaching, research, outreach, and service. The first-time application process includes a self-study, which provides us with an opportunity to become more intentional and systematic in how we develop effective and equitable community engagement, and to help us recognize individuals and programs across the university who contribute to this important work. We expect that the classification will make our university a more visible member of a global community of institutions that share our commitment to engagement.

This project is facilitated by the Planning Office. The process to obtain this classification provides an opportunity for us to become:

  •     more intentional and systematic in how we develop effective and equitable community engagement
  •     a more visible member of a global community comprised of institutions that share our commitment to engagement

According to the Carnegie Foundation, "Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

Contribute to the University's application!

Share your community engagement activities:


Classroom teaching

Do you teach a course or lead an internship / field placement that uses service-learning or community-engagement as a teaching method?



Do you conduct research that is a collaborative effort between academic researchers and non-academic community members?



Do you work with students, faculty, or staff on community service projects?



Do you help improve outcomes for Arizonans through sustainable outreach in a manner consistent with the land grant mission?

Share Your Community-Engaged Projects



Anticipated Activities and Benefits to the University of Arizona and our Community Partners

Institutional self-assessment and self-study
  • Align disparate parts of our campus
  • Identify promising practices that can be shared across our institution
Catalyst for change
  • Produce new, increased, or improved cross-campus collaborations at the University of Arizona
  • Produce new or improved data reporting structures for community engagement at the University of Arizona
  • Foster institutional conversations and alignment for community-based learning, teaching, and scholarship
  • Demonstrate the fulfillment of our mission to serve the public good
  • Partner with our community in a way that is beneficial to all partners
Institutional identity
  • Allows us to tell more (and more authentic) stories about our work
  • Provides clarity and legitimacy to our identity and mission as a land grant, R1, public-serving Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Application Timeline


Project Timeline

More Information

See the information session given on November 16, 2021.


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Melanie Hingle

Associate Professor, School of Nutritional Sciences & Wellness 
(520) 621-3087

Julie Katsel

Assistant Vice President, Community Relations 
(520) 621-0333