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Carnegie Foundation recognizes WCU for community engagement

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized Western Carolina University’s emphasis on community engagement - and its connection to 'real-world' teaching and learning - by selecting the university for its “community engagement classification.” Western Carolina was selected in the categories of curricular engagement as well as and outreach and partnerships, which recognize the university for substantial commitments in three key areas: teaching, learning and scholarship; application and provision of institutional resources for community use; and collaboration with community. The new classification endorses WCU’s recent institutional focus on engaged learning – the integration of activities in and out of the classroom by students who are actively involved in their own learning, guided by professors and support staff who serve as facilitators. The new classification is part of an extensive restructuring of Carnegie's classification of institutions of higher education. Unlike other classifications that rely on national data, this classification is elective. Institutions elect to participate by submitting extensive documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community.