The Stanford, Calif.-based Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Belmont, Lipscomb and Tennessee State universities for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification.
The three Nashville universities are among 115 U.S. colleges and universities to be named, with the University of Tennessee at Martin the only other Tennessee-based school on the list. Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification recognizes colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement.
In order to be selected, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement.
Tim Stewart, Belmont University director of student learning, said the designation is gratifying and, as much so, will allow BU to benefit from the “structure provided by the application process to help us assess where we are in our efforts to engage the community and to reflect on ways to improve those efforts.”
Of the 115 colleges and universities selected nationwide, 66 are public institutions and 49 are private. The schools represent campuses in 34 states.
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center supporting transformations in American education.