March 31, 2010
One of the
distinguishing characteristics of our college is service to our
local, regional, and global communities. Recently, the Carnegie
Commission on Higher Education--which has traditionally classified
colleges based on academic programs, enrollment, size, and
setting--began offering an elective classification in community
engagement. SUNY Oneonta will apply for the classification, which
is currently held by fewer than 200 institutions nationwide.
I have asked
Linda Drake, Director of the Center for Social Responsibility and
Community, and Patty Francis, Associate Provost for Institutional
Assessment and Effectiveness, to assemble a team, collect data, and
prepare our application for the Carnegie classification. In a few
weeks, they will send a survey to faculty to help determine the
scope and depth of service learning in our courses. I appreciate
their efforts, and I encourage you to help them in the process by
providing whatever information they request.
classification in community engagement is one more way that we can
distinguish SUNY Oneonta as a college that engages students in
exceptional learning experiences, within and beyond the classroom,
and that nurtures the development of individuals who contribute to
local and global communities.
information about the Carnegie classification in community
engagement is available at
Thank you in
advance for your participation in this exciting opportunity for our
college to be recognized for one of our fundamental values: service
to our communities.