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January 7, 2011

Four Missouri Colleges Achieve Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Jefferson City -The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching yesterday announced its selection of the colleges and universities that qualified for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification. Four Missouri higher education institutions received the classification.

The institutions are Missouri State University, Rockhurst University, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Westminster College. The University of Missouri-Columbia was designated a Community Engagement College in 2008.

The designation was created by the Carnegie Foundation to "encourage colleges and universities to become more deeply engaged, to improve teaching and learning and to generate knowledge to benefit communities," according to Carnegie President Anthony Bryk.

"The Community Engagement Classification recognizes the tangible benefits that institutions contribute to their communities, states and the world," said Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell. "From free clinics to mentoring underprivileged children to helping third world farmers, these colleges and universities are improving student learning by engaging the larger community and adding to citizens' quality of life. We applaud their efforts."

The many examples of campus and community engagement taking place at the designated institutions include: