Press Release for Friday, January 31, 2020
Carnegie Foundation Awards UNF 2020 Community Engagement Reclassification
Media Contact: Amanda Ennis
Public Relations Acting Director
The Carnegie Foundation
announced today that the University of North Florida is one of 119 U.S.
colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement
Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment
to community engagement.
classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each
institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee. Each
academic year, over 7,500 UNF students participate in some form of community
engagement and the University offers over 800 courses with community-based
components. When calculating the hours of time UNF students, faculty, and staff
spend serving their community, the resulting economic impact to our region is
at least $22 million annually.
recent community-based initiatives that contributed to the Carnegie
reclassification include Meals on Wings, a Center for Nutrition and Food
Security initiative to package and serve healthy meals to homebound seniors;
Florida Data Science for Social Good, a program that pairs psychology and
computing students to work with local organizations to solve social problems; the
Sulzbacher HOPE Team where nursing students provide weekly medical care to
Jacksonville’s homeless population; and a partnership with the consortium of
scientists from the Northeast Florida Coastal Research and Education Corridor
to better understand and solve local coastal challenges like sea level rise.
“The selection of UNF
as a community-engaged campus by the Carnegie Foundation is a mark of
distinction, representing the diligent efforts of our faculty, staff and
community partners who have made great strides in providing quality, next-level
community-based learning experiences for our students while serving the needs
of our local communities,” said UNF President David Szymanski. “Connecting
students with learning opportunities outside the classroom is one of the
features that make us uniquely UNF.”
UNF was first
designated as a community-engaged campus in 2010. The re-affirmation of its
commitment to community engagement places UNF among a selective group of 359 total
campuses across 37 states and U.S. territories who are currently active holders
of this important designation. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of
community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 14 years.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching aims to build a
field around the use of improvement science and networked improvement
communities to solve long standing inequities in educational outcomes. The
Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education,
developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a
research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education.
UNF is a nationally
ranked university in Jacksonville, Florida, that is nestled on a beautiful
1,300-acre nature preserve, featuring six colleges of distinction as well as
nationally recognized flagship programs, with 56 bachelor degree programs and
over 75 areas of concentration.