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Community Engagement

UNF is awarded the Carnegie Foundation "Community Engagement" designation


The University of North Florida affirms the definition of Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Carnegie Foundation Seal

"Community engagement describes 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.


The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."


As a public urban university, the University of North Florida is committed to the principle of community and civic engagement. Our mission includes fostering the intellectual and cultural growth and civic awareness of our students, preparing them to make significant contributions to their communities in the region and beyond. At UNF, students and faculty engage collaboratively in the discovery and application of knowledge through mutually beneficial community-based research and learning.


The University of North Florida contributes to the community and region through outreach, educational, research, volunteer, and civic activities. Many of these contributions are recorded in our Community Impact Study. Equally important, the university derives benefits from the diverse range of resources, perspectives, and opportunities that exist in our community and region.



For more information about Community Engagement, please contact Academic Affairs at (904) 620-2700.