It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Applying for Carnegie’s Elective Community Engagement Classification

Indiana Campus Compact is offering a series of programs intended to support, boost, or move your campus through the process of applying or reapplying for Carnegie’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement in Higher Education.

Completing a “winning” application for this distinction requires endurance, stamina, grit, and determination in an ongoing and long-range manner. This is why we at Indiana Campus Compact are framing ourselves as trainers and coaches for this taxing, yet important process. We are your biggest fans and will work with you to help you succeed and achieve your vision for thriving and reciprocal campus-community partnerships that not only change your institution, but our world!

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*These events and resources are free to Campus Compact Institutions.

Overview: Here you will find artifacts from previous events and NEW resources, support, or other events created or offered by not only the staff of Indiana Campus Compact but also other Campus Compact colleagues from across the nation.

Join our book club to discuss various aspects of this classification and application process >> This summer you have the chance to read and discuss the newly released book, The Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification: Constructing a Successful Application for First-time and Reclassification Applicants (Stylus, 2018). Register and find out more by clicking here.

Preparing & Training for the Marathon, April 3, 2018  >> This recorded webinar features a team of colleagues who have gone through this before and therefore have a wealth of experiences, advice, examples and lessons learned when thinking about approaching or applying for this distinction in community engagement. Read more about the webinar here(This webinar was created for Indiana Campus Compact Partner Campuses. If you are on a partner Campus and would like to watch this webinar, please contact Anne Weiss at haweiss {at} iupui(.)edu). 

Lessons from the Last Race: Hindsight is 20/20, April 13, 2018 >> Designed to be an informative and honest conversation about what happens when a process as involved as applying for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification doesn’t yield the results you are seeking, this webinar is now available for viewing at anytime. Click here to view the webinar introduction. Click here for the full conversation. Topics include:

  • Weighing the costs and benefits of completing the application
  • Recognizing why an institution should seek this classification
  • Deciding who to include in the application process and how that relates to context
  • Distinguishing between the variety of ways to approach the application process and what may or may not work for a particular context

Examples of future resources to be released in the fall of 2018  >>

  • Applications from peer institutions.
  • Links to other Campus Compact resources that are identified by our staff or pushed along from other Compacts.

Overview: Your campus has the opportunity to request support or resources from Indiana Campus Compact that may only be applicable to your particular context and/or goals. See below for some examples of what we currently offer and plan to offer in the future to aid you in your personal training for strength & endurance.

Tell us what you need>> Complete this brief questionnaire to indicate what support, networking, communications, and other resources you need to participate in this round of the application process. Begin the questionnaire by clicking here.

Benchmarking & strategically planning your institutionalization of campus-community engagement>> Indiana Campus Compact will guide you and your colleagues through a consensus-building workshop that will identify, prioritize, and plan your work around campus-community engagement. Please fill out this short form so that we can follow-up with you to gain more insights about how a self-assessment or strategic planning process may specifically benefit your campus.

Coaching you through the application>> Beginning in November of 2018, and available through March of 2019, you have the chance to have the staff of Indiana Campus Compact to review parts of your application. Details of this process will be formally announced in early fall of 2018 . For now, please know that due to the limited capacity of our staff and organization, we are not able to review entire or full applications. Again, more information to come!

Please reach out to Laura Weaver, Director of Programs and Member Development at weaverla {at} iupui(.)edu">weaverla {at} iupui(.)edu if you have an idea for additional support or resource that you or your campus will need for completing the 2020 application for Carnegie’s Classification for Community Engagement in Higher Education.

Overview: An important part of training for a marathon is proper nutrition, hydration, and teamwork. Without these elements most runners will “hit the wall.” To hit the wall is to run out of energy, which of course comes from inadequate or inappropriate nutrition and hydration. “The wall” does not discriminate by talent, experience level, or any other factor; every campus that goes through this difficult or taxing application is susceptible to hitting the wall.

To help you avoid hitting the wall, Indiana Campus Compact is offering your team the chance to come together and find a way to fuel your team, your application, and/or your overall experience in a balanced and measured way. While there is something to be said for approaching the application in an unencumbered fashion, you may pay the price for not logging the nutrition you need for when you really need it.

We are offering two dates and two different locations in order to make it as easy as possible for one of these events to fit your travel budget and your calendar. Please note, the content will not differ between these two offerings.

  • Friday, November 9th, Location: TBD
  • Friday, November 16th, Location: TBD

In the late summer or early fall of 2018, details and a formal announcement of this opportunity will be sent to pertinent contacts located at campuses seeking Carnegie’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement in Higher Education.

Overview: Just like any other event, it is important to celebrate every milestone in this process. Therefore, regardless of whether or not a partner campus receives the classification for community engagement, Indiana Campus Compact is looking forward to honoring all of those who went through this process. Stay tuned for how we will plan to publicly recognize those that crossed the finish line i.e., submitted their application.