College and University Engagement Initiative (CUEI)

Notice: Effective July 1, 2020, Albion College became the new administrative and research home of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.​ For resources related to the Carnegie Classification, NASCE, or NIIICE, visit: https://public-purpose.org/. For information about the Lynton and Ehrlich Faculty Awards, visit https://compact.org/impact-awards/.


History of the College and University Engagement Initiative (CUEI)

January 2017 – The Swearer Center launched a national field-building initiative, which evolved into the College and University Engagement Initiative (CUEI). CUEI contributed to the fields of community engagement and social innovation through collaboration with students, faculty, community partners, institutions of higher education, and networks for community engagement and social innovation.

2017 to 2020 – The Swearer Center acted as the administrative and research home of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification among other national assessment tools for community engagement (the NASCE: National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement and the NIIICE: National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement).

2018 – The Swearer Center launched the International Carnegie Community Engagement Classification project. Based on a successful 2015 pilot in Ireland and expanding to cohorts in Canada and Australia, the International Carnegie Community Engagement Classification project engaged international institutions in a global conversation about university-community partnerships and designing for reciprocity.

2020 – The Swearer Center ran the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification process. When the CE Classification moved to Brown University and the Swearer Center, the team created a process for making changes to the classification framework, focusing on increasing inclusiveness and transparency. This included a review of emerging literature in the field, conversations with colleagues and network organizations, and adding questions to the framework to connect community engagement to diversity and inclusion efforts on campuses, voter engagement, and social innovation. The framework also introduced, for the first time, a community partnership survey to receive input directly from community partners, and a community and institutional context section to better inform reviewers of the specific context of each applicant. The Swearer Center built partnerships to create an infrastructure for an online application, streamlined the application process, and facilitated dozens of workshops, webinars, and conference panels to support campuses in their application process and to listen to input about improving the classification content and operations. The team created data infrastructure and protocols for sharing the Carnegie historical dataset at no cost to interested researchers. The team also published about the Carnegie Classification in different formats including book, book chapter, article, and reflection pieces.

July 1, 2020 – Albion College became the new administrative and research home of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.​ For resources related to the Carnegie Classification, NASCE, or NIIICE, visit: https://public-purpose.org/. For information about the Lynton and Ehrlich Faculty Awards, visit https://compact.org/impact-awards/.