Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement
2024 Cycle Tier One Reviewers
Deadline for submission: December 14, 2022
Training and Consultations: February 10, February 23, March 10, and May 12, 2023 (3:00 pm-5:00 pm EST)
Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement
The Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement is sought by campuses on a voluntary basis. The classification is designed to gather information about how institutions are aligning their institutional infrastructure to enable and facilitate community-engaged work across the institution and how they are gathering information and assessing the quality and outcomes from this work. This involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity, and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. The classification acts as a benchmarking tool for institutions to evaluate various aspects of their processes in relation to best practice standards; it is not a tool that creates a hierarchy or levels of classification.
The foundation of the evaluation and assessment of the applications for the classification is the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s definition of community engagement.
Community engagement describes 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.
As of 2020, there are 357 campuses with the Elective Classification for Community Engagement in the US. As we move to a new classification cycle, classified campuses will need to reclassify in 6 years instead of 10 years.
Peer Review Process
Starting in the 2024 cycle, the Carnegie Elective Classifications will pilot a peer review process for the Community Engagement Classification. The goal of moving to a peer review process is to make the elective classification of and by the field and increase the diversity of reviewers who both understand and represent the broader landscape of higher education institutions and community engagement.
The review process will be three-tiered:
- Tier One: Peer Review Teams – 3 individuals per team; teams will review 7-10 applications. If teams do not reach a consensus, then reviews will move to a senior review committee.
- Tier Two: Senior Review Committee – a committee of 5-7 individuals who have previously served as reviewers and who have extensive knowledge and background with the Carnegie Elective Classification reviews will review and make determinations on any of the applications that the various review teams were not able to reach consensus on an institutions’ application.
- Tier Three: Carnegie Electives Staff – the staff of the Carnegie Electives will provide a final review of each application submitted and the notes of the review teams from tier one and tier two.
The Elective Classifications Office will select and train reviewers from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and institutions. Reviewers will be compensated $200 for the training and $200 per application reviewed.
Tier One Reviewer Training & Expectations of Reviewers
Tier One Reviewer training sessions will take place on February 10, February 23, and March 10, 2023 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST. At the conclusion of the reviewer training, the Carnegie Elective Classifications Office will select the final reviewer teams; it is not guaranteed that all individuals participating in reviewer training will be selected as reviewers. All individuals who participate in the training sessions will be compensated $200.
A final reviewer group preparation session will take place on May 12, 2023, from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm EST.
Objectives of the training:
- Build skills and knowledge of the current (2024) Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement Framework to review the application adequately
- Build an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Carnegie Elective Classification reviewers, including holistic review practices and approaches and reviewer documentation
- Provide a professional development opportunity for community engagement professionals
Planned time commitment of the reviewers:
- Two-hour virtual training sessions will take place on February 10, February 23, and March 10, 2023, and final check-in will be May 12th, 3 pm-5 pm EST via Zoom.
- Sessions will include discussions and breakout working groups.
- Reviewers need to be present at all sessions and actively contribute to the training to receive clearance to review applications.
- The application review period will be May 15 – September 1, 2023. Tier One reviewers are expected to independently review 7-10 applications and hold a minimum of one (1) group review meeting(s) with their review team to discuss applications, provide feedback notes, and log decision recommendations.
Key expectations of reviewers:
- Attend and participate in all training sessions.
- Complete conflict of interest paperwork and keep the Carnegie Elective Classifications Office abreast of any changes in employment, education, consultations, etc.
- Uphold strict confidentiality of the review process.
- Consult with team members and Carnegie Elective Classification representatives.
- Participate in Tier One of the review process and evaluate 7-10 applications in review teams of three (3) individuals:
- Prepare thoroughly for the review assignments; reviewers must attend to the details of submitted materials within the context of the institution being evaluated and its mission.
- Prepare detailed independent review notes, group review notes, log decision recommendations, and any additional reports (as requested).
- Hold a minimum of one (1) reviewer group meeting to discuss applications, provide feedback notes, and log decision recommendations.
- Work effectively and collaboratively with members of the review team. Communicate review findings with review team members in a constructive manner.
- Provide feedback on the review process.
Eligibility Criteria for Tier One Reviewers
Community engagement professional: faculty (from any employment status), administrators, and/or staff who:
- Have relevant work experience in community-engaged scholarship, community-engaged teaching and/or service-learning pedagogies, and/or community-engaged service.
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree in any field; master’s and doctoral degrees preferred
- Are currently active in the community engagement field: employed by or recently retired from an accredited institution or higher education serving non-profit organization.
Tier One Reviewer teams will be constructed to represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. The Carnegie Elective Classifications Office will determine the number of required reviewers based on the number of institutions that indicate they will apply in the 2024 cycle. This Tier One Call for Reviewers seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds, institutions, perspectives, and experiences:
- Previous experience with a successful campus application process (committee) at a classified campus is not required.
- Interested candidates from all levels of experience with community-engaged scholarship, community-engaged teaching and/or service-learning pedagogies, and/or community-engaged service are encouraged to apply.
- Interested candidates who are BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Interested candidates who are employed at a community college or Minority Serving Institution are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Interested candidates who are Spanish-literate are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should fill out an application form by December 14, 2022. The form requests the applicant’s CV/resume and a Letter of Interest (maximum 1000 words) indicating their suitability to act as a reviewer, including relevant experience in the community engagement field, at community colleges or Minority Serving Institutions, on a Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement application team, and any consulting/trainer activities.
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