Duke and N.C. Central University were among 119 universities recognized recently for their sustained commitment to community collaboration through teaching, research and outreach.
The 2008 Community Engagement classification comes from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
NCCU was one of eight UNC system campuses to receive the desigation this year and joins N.C. State University and UNC Chapel Hill, each of which received the designation in 2006.
That makes 10 of the state’s public universities with the designation, enough to elicit this boast from UNC system officials, via a press release: “The proportion of North Carolina’s public universities deemed by the Carnegie Foundation to be ‘community engaged’ far exceeds that of peer state systems across the country, including California, Texas and Wisconsin.”
Also recognized: Appalachian State University, East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, UNC Pembroke and Western Carolina.
“In order for UNC to be the most engaged University in America, our campuses must continue to be responsive and valuable partners in solving real problems,” said Leslie Boney, UNC Associate Vice President for Economic Development Research, Policy, and Planning. “The fact that over half of North Carolina’s public universities have been nationally recognized for their commitment to working with communities sends a strong message for the future of our state.”
At Duke, the designation recognizes community efforts such as the Duke Center for Civic Engagement/Duke Engage, the Community Service Center, the Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership, the Office of Service Learning, and the university’s community and family medicine department, officials there said.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by a classification that underscores a truly core part of Duke’s mission - to be engaged in our local, domestic and international communities, whether through academic pursuits or immersive, meaningful service,” sasid Elaine Madison, director of Duke’s Community Service Center.