UGA has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its institutional commitment to community engagement through teaching, research and public service with the Community Engagement Classification. UGA is one of 115 colleges and universities to achieve this elective classification in 2010 and will join the ranks of only 311 institutions nationally.
In the Jan. 5, 2011 announcement, Anthony S. Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation, noted that the university’s application “documented excellent alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”
“Serving the people of Georgia is part of UGA’s historic mission as a land-grant university,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “This designation from the Carnegie Foundation recognizes the concerted effort that the people of our public service and outreach division have made to connect the people of Georgia with the resources of their university.”
First established in 2006, this classification recognizes activities such as public service and outreach, service-learning, and university and community partnerships. The Community Engagement Classification is elective and requires voluntary submission of extensive documentation of unique and distinctive university partnerships with local, state and global communities.
The university’s application was coordinated by Steve Wrigley, interim vice president for public service and outreach, who chaired a working group that collected information across schools, colleges and public service and outreach units to highlight the diverse ways UGA engages with the community. “I am pleased that the University of Georgia has received the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification,” Wrigley said. “This designation reaffirms our commitment to the public service and outreach mission of applying the knowledge of this university to the state’s evolving economic, social and community needs. UGA is an engaged university, not only through the efforts of the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, but also through the other components of the university, including instruction, research and student affairs.”