Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

The Carnegie Foundation for Teaching has recognized St. John Fisher College’s high level of community engagement across Schools and programs through its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 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."

Achieving Community Engagement Classification raises the profile of the institution and distinguishes it among its peers. Community engagement also provides opportunities for student academic enrichment, professional skill building, and civic development. It provides opportunities for faculty and staff professional development and engaged scholarship. Community engagement efforts can also address some of the most pressing needs in Rochester as result of our sustainable and impacting partnerships with community organizations.

Community engagement programs include service-learning, Service and First Generation Scholar Programs, service trips, Students Who Advocate Volunteering club, and Teddi Dance. Community engagement is also found in all five Schools. Service to youth and children include Mentoring Matters, The Literacy Center, Professional Development Schools, and Early Learning Center. Health care partnerships include Pharmacy Explorers Program, Prime Care Nursing Center, Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future, and Medical Mission Trips. Small businesses and non-profits are provided with consulting and research support. College preparedness programs include College Bound, College Access Challenge Program, and Summer Math Camps.

Strong community engagement is consistent with our vision and elements of the Strategic Plan related to academic and experiential learning, diversity, enrollment, and faculty development, puts into action our motto: "Teach me goodness," and is an enduring expression of our Catholic heritage.

Community Engagement Community Forum

For detailed information about Fisher's Carnegie Classification, watch a recording of the Community Engagement Community Forum that took place on January 30, 2015.

Community Forum Presentation [pdf]

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