ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced today that SUNY Oneonta has received its Community Engagement Classification in recognition of the college's civic partnerships and successful efforts to integrate service activities into its curriculum. Only 311 higher education institutions nationwide and six within SUNY have earned the classification, which assesses colleges' enhancement of town-gown relationships through interaction among the faculty, students, community organizations and the public.
In announcing the classification, Carnegie Foundation President Anthony Bryk noted recipients' "excellent alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement."
"I'm simply delighted," said SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski, "because the Community Engagement Classification is a perfect fit for our institutional identity. Student engagement and community partnership are two of our strategic plan's six pillars, and this acknowledgement from the Carnegie Foundation demonstrates our sincerity in pursuing both."
Linda Drake, director of SUNY Oneonta's Center for Social Responsibility and Community (CSRC), said that the college's students consistently contribute to the community through organizations like Saturdays Bread and events like the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life. According to CSRC data, SUNY Oneonta students recorded more than 53,000 hours of community service worth roughly $1.13 million during the 2009-2010 academic year.
SUNY Oneonta Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness Patty Francis said that the application process for Community Engagement Classification was rigorous, involving extensive data collection and analysis.
"The process has provided SUNY Oneonta with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on its role in the larger community and the state, and to imagine how that role might be expanded and enhanced," said Francis. "The college should be extremely proud of this recognition."
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that focuses on the improvement of teaching and learning in American education. The Foundation created its Community Engagement Classification in 2006 and completed a second round of classifications in 2008 and a third in 2010. The next round will be conducted in 2015.