Preparing for the 2024 Carnegie Classification

We help higher education use data to understand engagement deepen partnerships improve practice advance scholarship transform institutions

Learn how Collaboratory can inform institutions, connect and convene practitioners, and provide quick access to the data needed to help prepare applications for the Carnegie Foundation’s 2024 Elective Classification for Community Engagement.

Community of Practice

In partnership with the Carnegie Elective Classifications team at the American Council on Education (ACE), Collaboratory co-hosts and facilitates a national community of practice focused on leveraging the Elective Classification framework as an opportunity to recruit allies and generate buy-in for community engagement on your campus, and to build a comprehensive portrait of your engagement. This peer-to-peer sharing platform is for anyone who wishes to join, and will facilitate connections and conversations among institutions. We believe that fostering a national dialogue among practitioners can help strengthen the self-study process and provide support and mentorship across all contexts and resource levels.

This will be especially helpful for institutions that are currently using Collaboratory, but the community of practice is free and open to anyone from any institution as they consider how to leverage the framework for institutional change.

Monthly Webinar Series

From March 2022 – April 2023 we hosted a monthly webinar series that addressed a new section of the 2024 application, sequentially following the Carnegie framework. We dove deeply into each question, examining the ways institutions are leveraging their data, spotlighting on-the-ground use cases, and exploring how to discover other data sources across campus. 

"ASU will leverage Collaboratory activity data to support our application for re-classification during the 2024 Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement. We are grateful that Collaboratory is hosting these monthly webinars to address the sections of the application, following the Carnegie framework. This is my first time leading such a large effort at the university, and I’m excited to leverage our activity data to inform and support our re-classification."

Christina Ngo, Director of Social Embeddedness in the Office of University Affairs
Arizona State University

Data Collection via Collaboratory

Carnegie is purposefully a self-study process – and requires a thoughtful audit of your institution’s goals and the work being conducted across campus and beyond. Built as a systematic campus-wide tracking mechanism, we frame Collaboratory as an intervention. The act of supporting data collection on community engagement is not just a means to an end (reporting / public relations) but is – at its core – an act of institutional change

Data collection is just the first step of such change – to be successful, it requires that institutions demonstrate the value of their data, synthesizing insights and closing the feedback loop to ensure those that provided data understand how it was used, with whom it was shared, and to what end. Whether your institution is applying for the first time or preparing for a re-classification, our team’s unique background and experiences in higher education community engagement makes us uniquely positioned to help your campus demonstrate alignment, integration, and improvement across all aspects of community-university partnerships.   

Download our Alignment Framework to see how Collaboratory can directly help your institution prepare for the Carnegie Classification today!

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