Congratulations 2020 Carnegie Classified Campuses – Indiana University Bloomington, Taylor University, the University of Indianapolis, and the University of Notre Dame

February 20, 2020

February 18, 2020

Contact: Liza Blomquist, Indiana Campus Compact
liza {at} incampuscompact(.)org

Carnegie Foundation Selects Colleges and Universities for
2020 Community Engagement Classification
Indiana Campus Compact Partner campuses among the 119
colleges and universities nationwide to receive the classification in 2020

Indianapolis, Indiana.  February 18, 2020 – Indiana Campus Compact is delighted to announce that four of its partner institutions have been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates an institutional commitment to community engagement. Indiana University Bloomington, Taylor University, the University of Indianapolis, and the University of Notre Dame were selected.

This important classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which 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.

“These newly-classified and re-classified institutions are doing exceptional work to forward their public purpose in and through community engagement that enriches teaching and research while also benefiting the broader community,” noted Mathew Johnson, executive director of the Swearer Center.

Unlike the Carnegie Foundation’s other classifications based on secondary analysis of existing national data, institutions elected to participate in the Community Engagement Classification by submitting required documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond. This approach enabled the Carnegie Foundation to address elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not represented in the national data on colleges and universities.

The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 14 years with multiple classification cycles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2020.

The four Indiana Campus Compact partner institutions classified for 2020 join eight other classified partner institutions that received the designation in 2015: Anderson University, Ball State University, Butler University, Indiana State University, IUPUI, Marian University, Purdue University, and the University of Southern Indiana.

Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director J.R. Jamison notes, “Since our founding in 1993, we have worked with our partner institutions to ensure their community engagement efforts are reciprocal, meaningful, and connected intrinsically to each institution’s mission and goals for student learning and development. This recognition by Carnegie is not easy to achieve, and, with fewer than 400 institutions in the country holding this particular classification, we applaud the 12 in Indiana for their achievement and deep commitment to community-engaged teaching and learning.”


Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership of Indiana’s public, private, and community college higher education institutions focused on advocating, implementing, and improving community engagement efforts so that students graduate as well-informed, engaged, and productive members of society who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities. Indiana Campus Compact is an affiliate of Campus Compact, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.



The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching aims to build a field around the use of improvement science and networked improvement communities to solve long standing inequities in educational outcomes. The Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (now housed at Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research) continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others. For more information, visit


In 1986, Brown University President Howard Swearer founded one of the first public service centers in the nation, now named for him — the Swearer Center for Public Service. The Swearer Center is a hub of community, scholarship, and action at Brown University. Through innovative programs and fellowships that reach across Rhode Island and around the globe, the Swearer Center connects people to co-create knowledge and positive social change, advances the field of engaged scholarship, and integrates social innovation with community engagement. In 2017, the Swearer Center became the administrative and research home of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. For more information, visit .