The Carnegie Foundation recently selected the University of Tennessee at Martin for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification.
The campus is one of 115 institutions that will now be added to the Community Engagement Classification, bringing the national total to 311.
UT Martin will then be among the top 10 percent in the nation so classified for its community engagement.
“Our Institute for Civic Engagement leadership team worked tirelessly to document the many outside-of-the-classroom activities in which our faculty and students are participating, and this is a great way to begin 2011,” said Dr. Jerald Ogg, UT Martin vice chancellor for academic affairs.
“UT Martin has a long tradition of preparing its graduates for lives of leadership and service, and it’s gratifying to be recognized for that by an organization with the rich history of The Carnegie Foundation.”
The classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning it is based on voluntary participation by institutions.
Whereas the foundation’s all-inclusive classifications involve secondary analysis of existing national data sources available for all institutions, elective classifications involve additional data collection and documentation, with substantial effort invested by participating institutions.
Elective classifications enable the foundation’s classification system to recognize important aspects of institutional mission and action that are not represented in the national data.
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an Act of Congress,
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center. Its current mission is to support 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.