Rollins Earns National Recognition for Community Engagement

The College’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification was renewed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Rollins College to receive renewed Community Engagement Classification, a national recognition that highlights the College’s longtime commitment to community engagement.

In selecting Rollins, the Carnegie Foun­da­tion noted that the College has demonstrated “excel­lent align­ment among campus mis­sion, cul­ture, lead­er­ship, resources, and prac­tices that sup­port dynamic and note­worthy com­mu­nity engagement.”

“It is wonderful that Rollins’ longstanding efforts in community engagement have been recognized again through this announcement by the Carnegie Foundation,” Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Carol Bresnahan said. “Rollins’ commitment to engagement is vital to our identity as a college.”

Rollins was originally awarded the designation in 2008 and is one of only 361 institutions so designated worldwide. It is one of only 157 that received re-classification this year. This is the first time the foundation has offered re-certification since first offering the classification in 2006, as part of an extensive restructuring of The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The classification is voluntary, and colleges and universities are invited to apply.

“The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities,” said John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. “These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”

This classification is valid until 2025, when the College will need to reapply in order to retain its status.