UNCW Earns Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Wilmington, NC - The University of North Carolina Wilmington has earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the university announced today. Bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement, the university first received the national honor in 2008. UNCW is one of 157 institutions nationwide that was reclassified this year.

“UNCW is dedicated to enriching the quality of life through purposeful community and economic engagement,” said Jenni Harris, assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships. “This reclassification is a true testament to the university’s commitment to strengthening ties to the Wilmington and regional community through research, partnerships, programs and volunteer efforts – all with a focus on making an impact.”

In April 2014, the Office of Community Partnerships reapplied to retain UNCW’s status by submitting evidence-based documentation focused on the university’s community and economic engagement and impact. The application highlighted campus activities and achievements since the university first received the classification in 2008, including: the creation and implementation of UNCW’s Quality Enhancement Plan, E-TEAL, an applied learning model that places students in experiences requiring them to integrate theories, ideas and skills in new and challenging contexts; the implementation of University Studies, which encourages students to begin a lifelong journey of engaged inquiry and societal contribution, while fostering ethical and intellectual development; the work of Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO) with over 150 organizations annually; the development of new internship and undergraduate research opportunities; and community-based programs, partnerships, events and research spearheaded by faculty members in the Cameron School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services and the Watson College of Education.   

The Carnegie Foundation began the designation in 2006 with 76 colleges. This year an additional 83 institutions will receive this honor for the first time.

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 14,000 students, the university is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. The university is dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.