Carnegie rates UofL at top in community engagement


    LOUISVILLE, Ky.–The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching this week gave the University of Louisville its highest rating in the area of community engagement.

    The foundation named UofL on Dec. 18 as a community engagement institution, a classification it developed in 2006 to recognize colleges and universities that are deeply engaged with their communities.

    UofL is one of 119 schools nationwide and three schools in Kentucky to earn the Carnegie designation in two areas, curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships. Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University also achieved both designations. The University of Kentucky was recognized for curricular engagement.

    “We are honored to be recognized as a university closely tied to its larger community,” UofL President James Ramsey. “UofL always has played an integral role in education, health care and economic development in our city and across our state. This designation enforces our key role and helps illustrate our accountability to the commonwealth.

    Achieving the community engagement designation from Carnegie was one of the goals in UofL’s current strategic plan.

    Schools receiving the classification have addressed community-identified needs, deepened students’ civic and academic learning and enhanced the well-being of the community, Carnegie said. They also have demonstrated teaching, learning and other scholarly activities engaging faculty, students and the community in “mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration.”

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