Rutgers-New Brunswick receives national recognition for its community engagement.

Rutgers-New Brunswick has received the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, one of only 119 institutions in 2020 to receive this endorsement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The designation marks the second time that Rutgers-New Brunswick has been recognized for its exemplary commitment to incorporating community engagement throughout its teaching, research, and co-curricular programming, having originally received this designation in 2010. 

In order to receive this distinction, Rutgers-New Brunswick engaged in a year-long self-study aimed at critically examining and documenting institutional practices and structures that facilitate its ability to serve the public good through its teaching and research. The application is then assessed by a national review committee led by the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University, the administrative and research home for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. 

This effort was spearheaded by Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service, a unit of the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement led by Vice Chancellor Enobong (Anna) Branch, Ph.D. The resulting 100+ page self-evaluation incorporated data from across all of the schools, departments, and units of Rutgers-New Brunswick and documented how community engagement permeates the institution including budgeting, infrastructure, service programs, curricula, scholarship, professional development, fundraising efforts, rewards structure, etc. 

Amy Michael, Associate Director of the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service, said: “The bar was raised this year by Carnegie to reflect the advancement of the field of community engagement where emphasis is placed on deep, mutually beneficial relationships with our partners. It was gratifying to be able to show the impact of this work not only on our students, but how we all collectively contribute to the well-being of the community surrounding our campus.” 

Dr. Branch states: “Being recognized for our engagement efforts validates how far we have come institutionally to make community engagement central to Rutgers’ mission, but the self-study process also shows us ways that we can further strengthen our efforts.” 

Reviewers of the application shared that: “Rutgers-New Brunswick had documented excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement. It responded to the classification framework with both descriptions and examples of exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement.” The campus will hold this distinction for five years before reapplying in 2025. 


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