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About the International Elective Classifications

In 2015-2016, nine campuses in Ireland went through a yearlong process of administering the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement for the purpose of self-assessment and to provide feedback on ways in which the documentation framework (application) might need to be adapted to account for the national and cultural context. The Ireland pilot has informed this international Community Engagement Classification project.

In 2018, 16 Canadian and 9 Australian institutions joined together into two national cohorts to form national learning communities and embark on a 1.5+ year process of:

  • Working through the US Classification Framework and Self Assessment;
  • Learning from that process about their own campus capacity and commitment for community engagement;
  • Identifying the ways the existing US framework would need to be adapted and augmented for their particular national contexts;
  • Drafting a nationally specific new framework;
  • Potentially requesting Foundation approval of these new frameworks as official Carnegie Classifications. 

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