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SUNY Schools Recognized for Commitment to Community Engagement in 2020 Carnegie Classification List

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In our educational experience, students are continuously informed of the importance in immersing themselves with extracurricular activities, enrichment classes, and most importantly community service. Community service offers students life experiences, the opportunity to meet new people, build connections, and of course, give back to the community. Many schools take the initiative to ensure community engagement is active and that there is awareness of those opportunities within their institution. This is especially true at SUNY. This year, 119 U.S. colleges and universities, including several SUNY institutions, were rewarded for their dedication, by receiving the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

The award recipients were determined following a self-study by each institution, then assessed and narrowed down by a national review from the committee at the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University, the administrative and research home of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. The list consisted of both new and repeated recipients of the Carnegie award. “They inspire us, even as they instruct us how to be our best selves in service to our communities,” said the SVP at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Paul LeMahieu. The recipients of this years award made exemplary contributions to their community.

The SUNY recipients of the Carnegie Classification should encourage us to make an effort to be an active student on and off campus, and give back to our community, as it demonstrates dedication, creativity, and purpose to helping others and the environment.

For this year’s list, the SUNY schools included are:

Full list of Newly-Classified & Re-Classified schools:

Congratulations to our recipient schools and may you continue to make strides towards community improvement and engagement across New York State.


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Written by Anissa Williams

Anissa Williams is a Communications Intern in the Office of Press & Communications at SUNY, graduating in the spring with a bachelors in Communications.

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