CSU, Chico Receives National Community Service Classification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 7, 2006

Joe Wills
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CSU, Chico Receives National Community Service Classification

California State University, Chico has been selected among the first group of colleges and universities to receive the new Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The announcement from the Stanford-based Carnegie Foundation came yesterday, Dec. 6. “Finding new and better ways to connect with their communities should be a high priority for higher education institutions today,” said Lee S. Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation.  “The campuses participating in this elective classification provide useful models of engagement around teaching and learning and around research agendas that benefit from collaborative relationships.” 

CSU, Chico was among 76 U.S. institutions to be chosen for their widespread involvement in the community through partnerships, community service and other activities, as well as for making community engagement an integral part of campus culture.

"We are very pleased that the Carnegie Foundation has recognized that Chico State’s commitment to community engagement is at the heart of our mission and values, and that, in fact, it is an orientation that guides our work every day,” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. “We are pleased with this designation, and mindful of the expectation that we will continue to be characterized even more so by our commitment to community engagement and that we will help mentor and support other institutions which aspire to earn this recognition."

The Carnegie Foundation, chartered in 1906, is an independent higher education policy and research center. Since 1970, the Carnegie Foundation’s classification of colleges and universities has been widely used by entities such as U.S. News & World Report to differentiate higher education institutions.

The Community Engagement Classification is the first “elective” classification offered by the Carnegie Foundation. Colleges and universities were invited to document their qualifications through an application process that ended earlier this year. Campuses could apply under categories of Curricular Engagement, Outreach and Partnerships, or both. CSU, Chico applied for, and received, classification in the category of Outreach and Partnerships.

Deanna Berg, program manager of CSU, Chico’s Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), said the application materials covered the “breadth and depth” of CSU, Chico’s many service projects. “It was a very comprehensive process, with every college and every section of campus contributing,” she said.

Other California schools receiving the Community Engagement Classification were CSU, Fresno, CSU, Monterey Bay, CSU, San Marcos, Pitzer College, Otis College of Art and Design, San Francisco State, Santa Clara University, UCLA, University of the Redlands, University of San Diego and University of San Francisco.

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