UofL joined 239 colleges and universities throughout the United States in being named 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement universities. The designation recognizes institutions that “are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions,” said John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), which partners with Carnegie to administer the process.

“We are so pleased again to be recognized for our commitment to the community,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “The university faculty, staff and students continue to play vital roles in the social, economic, health and educational well-being of this city, and our community partners provide opportunities for our students to use their talents in real-world settings.”

UofL, which first was classified as a community engagement university in 2008, was one of 157 schools – out of 188 eligible – to be reclassified.  An additional 133 schools applied for first-time classification, with 83 receiving the recognition.

“This re-designation by Carnegie confirms UofL’s tremendous impact on our community, and underscores the importance of community engagement in achieving excellence in teaching, research and service,” said Dan Hall, UofL vice president for community engagement. 

A listing of institutions that hold the Community Engagement Classification can be found on the NERCHE website, www.nerche.org.

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