• The 2020 Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification fee will be $750.00.
  • Frameworks was released Jan. 22, 2018 (below).
  • Applications can be submitted via web portal on May 1, 2018.
  • The application deadline is April 15, 2019.
  • Campuses will be notified in December 2019.
  • Public announcement of the classified campuses will be made in January 2020.

First-Time Applicants
For the 2020 classification, campuses that have not previously received the classification will need to submit an application using what is referred to as the “first-time documentation framework.” A PDF version of the 2020 Documentation Framework, to be used for planning purposes only, is available here. Included in this version are call-out boxes that provide guidance to assist institutions in the documentation planning process.

Re-Classifying Campuses
For the 2020 classification, institutions that received the classification in 2010 and are seeking to retain the classification will be able to re-apply through a reclassification process. A PDF version of the 2020 application for reclassification, to be used for planning purposes only, is available here.

For the 2020 application cycle, application fees ($750 + 5% credit card processing fee = $787.50) must be paid in order to access the online-application starting May 1, 2018. Please make your payment online via the Swearer Center's secure payment portal. These fees cover the cost of administration and maintaining access to Carnegie classification datasets. The Classification is intended to invite wide participation and not exclude any campus from participating because of inability to cover the application fee. Campuses may request fee waiver request prior to accessing the on-line application by emailing John Saltmarsh (john_saltmarsh@brown.edu).

Changes to the 2020 Documentation Framework
In each five-year classification cycle, changes are made to the documentation framework. These revisions are incorporated into the existing framework and reflect changes in the community engagement field and/or gaps identified in the framework. Each cycle the revision process is refined, becomes more formal, and includes an increasingly diverse set of contributing mechanisms. You can find more information about the 2020 framework revision process and the plan for 2025 revisions linked here.

The Swearer Center created a list of frequently asked questions for campuses to review in regards to the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process.