Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

  • As an institution, MSUM is committed to contributing to Moorhead and the surrounding communities in meaningful ways. Community engagement is a key part of our strategic anchor to be indispensable to the communities we serve. As we continue to make progress in the areas of community engagement and engaged scholarship, MSUM is seeking a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

    Carnegie Classifications comprise a leading framework for describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. The Community Engagement Classification is an elective classification that recognizes higher education’s commitment to community engagement.

    A rigorous application process reviews submitted information from the university about the community engagement and engaged scholarship practices. Carnegie defines Community Engagement as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. An awarded classification reaffirms institutional commitment to deepen the practice of service and to further strengthen bonds between campus and community.

  • The collaboration between MSU Moorhead and our larger local, regional, state, national and global communities not only helps to transform the lives of our students, it also helps to transform the world in which we live. Community engagement: 

    • promotes skill building and experiential learning for students
    • addresses community needs and helps solve critical societal issues
    • satisfies part of MSUM’s core mission to transform the world by transforming lives
    • creates shared knowledge and resources among partners to be leveraged for public good
    • enriches scholarship, research and creative activity
    • enhances curriculum, teaching and learning
    • prepares educated, engaged citizens through the cultivation of democratic values and skills
    • strengthens democratic values and civic responsibility
    • measures the contribution to the public good
    • builds partnerships to collaboratively address issues of public concern
    • provides interdisciplinary opportunities to disseminate socially useful knowledge

    Community Members

    • If you have an idea or see an opportunity for partnership with MSUM to benefit the needs you serve in our communities, we want to learn more!

    MSUM Staff & Faculty

    • If the work you’re currently doing in your classes or programs demonstrates a community partnership, we want to know more!
    • If you are looking for opportunities to strengthen community partnerships, service learning, or engaged scholarship, we want to help!
    • To learn more about the classification visit Campus Compact or Swearer Center.

    Please contact to discuss ideas and opportunities and we will connect with you to start the conversation.

  • To learn more about MSUM’s commitment to community engagement and the application process for the Community Engagement Classification, please contact one of the MSUM Carnegie Application Team members.

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