The CE Classification
The Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification (CE Classification) is an elective classification that is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The CE Classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity, and commitments and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. The CE Classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. In this way, it is similar to an accreditation process of self-study. The application is reviewed by a National Advisory Committee to determine whether the institution qualifies for recognition as a community-engaged institution.
Brown & Carnegie
In January 2017, in an effort to further its mission set forth in the strategic plan “Community Engaged Scholarship and Action: A New Plan for the Swearer Center for Public Service,” the Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service launched a National Field-Building Initiative which has evolved into the College and University Engagement Initiative. At that time, the CE Classification moved from NERCHE to the Swearer Center, which became its administrative and research home.
Soon after the move, the research team at the Center prioritized an open access policy for the Carnegie CE data. This entailed securing internal institutional permissions, preparing and consolidating the data from multiple cycles into one Carnegie CE Dataset, and creating and piloting a process for providing access to interested researchers at no cost. There are currently 361 CE Classified campuses (linked here). The classification opens for application on a five-year cycle and the most recent cycle concluded in 2020. You can find more information about the CE Classification here.
You can navigate the menu on the left to access the Carnegie CE Dataset instruments and codebooks by cycle year (2008, 2010, 2015), and learn more about how to access the data.
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Assistant Director, Research & Assessment