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Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement

UCF invests in the people and the communities where we live and work. We believe that faculty, staff, and community members working together will enable us to shape the future, uplift lives and communities, and solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Community and culture is one of the university’s strategic priority. One of the goals is to earn the prestigious 2024 Elective Classification for Community Engagement classification.

The Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement is a way for colleges and universities in the U.S. to gain recognition for institutionalizing community engagement. Campuses must apply for the classification, which is offered every two years starting 2024.

The mission of the Carnegie Foundation is to catalyze transformational change in education so that every student can live a healthy, dignified, and fulfilling life. The American Council on Education (ACE) is the administrative and research home of the classification.

The Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional policy and practices focusing on areas such as institutional culture and mission, curricular and co-curricular programming, continuous improvement activities, and the recruitment and reward of faculty, staff, and students.

Becoming a classified institution requires the investment of substantial effort by the participating institution to provide evidence of the commitment to community engagement, demonstrated with precision across the breadth of the institution. This Classification is an institutional recognition given to an individual campus and as such requires that the self-study process consider and document many aspects of the institutional life of a campus. Classification is thus given to successful campuses, not programs, centers, or systems of campuses.

Community Engagement Definition

The Carnegie Foundation defines community engagement as collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

UCF ReClassification Application for 2024

The University of Central Florida has initiated a new taskforce to seek the 2024 Elective Classification for Community Engagement. UCF last received the designation in 2015.

The Division of Student Learning and Academic Success leads this effort.

The task force includes three working groups supported by a Graduate Assistant (Nina Alvandipour):

  • Executive: Dr. Theodorea Regina Berry and Dr. Thomas Bryer
  • Campus Context: Dr. Jana Jasinski and Dr. Kimberly Schneider
  • Faculty, Staff, Students, and Partnerships: Dr. Quynh Dang and Ms. Elizabeth Horn

The application is due May 2023 and will be a campus-wide effort to pull together the wide variety of ways UCF faculty, staff, and students engage with the community. Renewing this designation is a stated goal in the university’s new strategic plan .

2024 Cycle Timeline Overview

  • Framework (application questions) released: January 27, 2022
  • Applications Available on: March 1, 2022
  • Initiate an Application by: October 31, 2022
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2023
  • Campuses Notified: December 2023
  • Public Announcement: January 2024


Please contact, for more information about the University of Central Florida’s Recertification Process.