Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a gathering of college leaders who are committed to expanding community engagement opportunities on their campuses on Monday, March 28. The forum called, “Congratulations Now What? The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and building upon a relationship of respect,” will bring together those institutions from New York Campus Compact as well as those that have received the 2010 Community Engagement Classification designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Colleges who are interested in applying during the next application cycle have also been invited to discuss ways to develop meaningful campus and community partnerships.
Participating institutions will share best practices relating to “authentically collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships” and assessment mechanisms pertaining to those collaborations. These are among the key factors considered in the application process and an area where, according to the Carnegie Foundation, even the strongest applications indicated institutions struggled. Additionally, institutions will discuss and benchmark innovative examples of community engagement efforts that are aligned with institutional strategic planning initiatives in the areas of learning communities, climate commitment and diversity initiatives.
“We believe that this conversation between Campus Compact institutions will enable us to learn from each other and move forward with more successful strategies for impactful and measurable campus community collaborations,” explains Katie Flowers, director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning at HWS.
Recently, Hobart and William Smith Colleges were named as among the 28 baccalaureate colleges selected for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Colleges received the elective classification in both the areas of Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships; this is the first year institutions must have met the criteria for both in order to be selected.