This is the first time that Rutgers University–Camden has received this highly selected designation. The southern New Jersey research university is among 83 institutions to receive this inaugural designation this year. Three hundred and sixty-one universities and colleges hold this honor, which is considered widely to be a signature accomplishment in this area.
The Carnegie Foundation and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education define the purpose of community engagement as “the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.”
As a Carnegie Community Engaged institution, Rutgers University–Camden demonstrates strong alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement. Rutgers–Camden’s institutionalized practices of community engagement include an ever-increasing portfolio of undergraduate and graduate courses that incorporate civic learning into the curriculum, as well as a robust array of programs that focus faculty research and student involvement to address issues confronting the City of Camden and the Delaware Valley region.
“This Carnegie classification of Rutgers University–Camden signals to the world that our leadership efforts in civically engaged learning are generating successful outcomes,” says Phoebe Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden. “Civic engagement is a core virtue that makes our institution special. Combined with our Rutgers research faculty and our commitment to personalized student support, civic engagement provides extraordinary learning opportunities for our students while also allowing us to help to address challenges right here in southern New Jersey and across our region.”
Rutgers University–Camden’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification is valid through 2025, at which point it will be eligible for renewal.
During the 2013-14 academic year, approximately 45 percent of all Rutgers–Camden students engaged in more than 300,000 hours of community service. During that same period, 1,065 students delivered service as part of a credit-bearing academic experience, which included 93 academic courses developed with specific civic engagement components.
Rutgers–Camden’s many service-oriented initiatives include the North Camden Schools Partnership, which connects Rutgers students with Camden children for afterschool enrichment activities; a wide array of pro bono and clinical legal programs offered through the Rutgers School of Law–Camden; empowerment workshops delivered by the Community Leadership Center; and research-driven analysis developed by the Center for Urban Research and Education.
Additional information about civic engagement initiatives at Rutgers University–Camden is available at camden.rutgers.edu/page/office-civic-engagement-0.
The Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (now housed at Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research) continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others.