Carnegie Reclassification

What is the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement?

Sacramento State received this classification in 2010 and we are currently pursuing reclassification for 2020. The Carnegie Classification is a nationally recognized and prestigious designation for institutions to demonstrate their commitment to engagement. The classificiation process is intended to improve educational effectiveness of the campus through institutionalizing community engagement.

The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus.

The classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. The Carnegie Classification process offers campuses an opportunity for self-study and institutional assessment to advance community engagement. As a community engagement center director offered after the 2015 classification, "this is one of the highest forms of recognition possible in our field" and "allowed us to lift up elements of our institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not necessarily represented in the national data on colleges and universities."  The documentation is reviewed by a National Review Panel to determine whether the institution qualifies for recognition as a community engaged institution.

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Why is Sacramento State interested in the Carnegie Reclassification?

Sacramento State is pursuing this classification because it reflects our campus commitment to community engagement. As demonstrated in our Strategic Planning as well as our Mission Statement and Vision, Sac State prides its engagement as a key component of who we are and what we do. In order to achieve these goals, we want to create more engagement opportunities for Sac State students because these opportunities support student learning outcomes.

What is the process for Reclassification?

Since 2016, a Task Force on Campus Engagement has been working to gather evidence and craft a narrative that demonstrates the changes the campus has made to strengthen institutionalized campus engagement since the last time we were classified in 2010. In order to demonstrate that engagement is deeply enbedded across all programs and dvisions, this group has been looking for "engagement" across all aspects of the campus, not just in one college, program, or unit (such as budget, strategic plans, RTP documents, student curricula, planning, etc.).

We will be gathering evidence and crafting a narrative that:

  • demonstrates the changes the campus has made to strengthen institutionalized campus engagement since the last time we were classified in 2010
  • demonstrates “engagement” across all aspects of the campus, not just in one college, not just in one program or unit.
  • demonstrates that engagement it is deeply embedded across all programs and divisions, including budget, strategic plans, RTP documents, student curricula, planning, etc.

Who is leading this effort?

Under the auspices of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. James German, and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Chevelle Newsome, the Carnegie Reclassification Process will be led by:

What will we need from the campus community?

  • When asked, please readily provide the team with information about your program/department, students, curricular changes, accreditation information and anything else that relates to community engagement
  • Your participation and support when we administer surveys to students, faculty, staff, and departments