Loyola University Maryland has been named among the colleges and universities receiving the 2010 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification recognizes institutions demonstrating a significant commitment to their communities through service, curricular engagement, partnerships, and other forms of outreach.
“Loyola’s thriving relationships with local neighbors and partners throughout the country and around the world are a critical component of our Jesuit identity and of our successful pursuit of our mission, and I am delighted our efforts have been recognized on a national level,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., the University’s president. “We will build upon our experience completing this application to identify ways to strengthen and deepen our community engagement in the years to come.”
Loyola is one of 115 institutions receiving the classification this year, and the only one in Maryland. More than 300 colleges and universities registered to receive an application, and 154 completed and submitted applications for consideration. The institutions receiving the classification in 2010 join the 196 identified through previous selection processes in 2006 and 2008.
The Carnegie Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, is the organization that classifies colleges and universities into categories such as research universities, master’s level colleges and universities, and baccalaureate colleges using a series of institutional characteristics, such as institutional context and size, types of students taught (undergraduate and/or graduate), and types of educational programs offered. While these classifications rely on national data, the community engagement classification is elective, and institutions participate by submitting required documentation of the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, outlining elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness not represented in national data on colleges and universities.
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