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Carnegie Foundation Selects the University of Denver for 2015 Community Engagement Honor

Jan. 8, 2015—The University of Denver was one of 63 private universities nationwide re-selected for the esteemed Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation in 2015.  Carnegie awards schools that demonstrate a distinctive institutional focus on community engagement—both locally and globally.

To be considered for this classification, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) at the University of Denver worked with stakeholders to complete a rigorous application process outlining institutional practices for community engagement that align with the mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices of the University’s academic community. The University of Denver last received the Carnegie classification in 2006.

“We collected data from across campus to illustrate the many ways that community engagement is central to fulfilling the University of Denver mission of engaging with students to cultivate critical and creative thought while generating knowledge,” said Dr. Anne DePrince, Director of CCESL at the University of Denver.

The prestigious Carnegie Classification has been used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel and policy makers since its creation in 1970, as the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. 

“Community engagement in teaching, research and campus life offers incredible opportunities,” DePrince said. “DU students apply their academic learning within communities, developing skills that prepare them for their careers. Our faculty also addresses research questions with enormous public importance, oftentimes with student collaborators, preparing them to become the academic and civic leaders of tomorrow.”

As national conversations continue to pose questions regarding the role of higher education, the 2015 Carnegie classification illustrates one important way that the University of Denver lives out its vision for serving the public good. The University continues to invest in students, staff and faculty who use community engagement to improve learning while preparing students for living purposeful lives in Denver, along the Front Range and beyond.

“The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities,” said John Saltmarsh, Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. “These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”

 For more information about the University of Denver’s 2015 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, please contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) at or visit CCESL’s website here