Stonehill Again Awarded Community Engagement Classification

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Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement ClassificationThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Stonehill as one of only 240 U.S. colleges and universities to qualify for the foundation's most recent Community Engagement Classification, which honors schools that have shown a strong commitment to engaging with local, regional, national and global communities.

Stonehill first received the Community Engagement Classification in 2008, and the College was one of only 157 schools to earn reclassification this year.

“Reclassification marks the significant gains Stonehill College has made since 2008,” said Corey Dolgon, director of community-based learning at Stonehill. “Instead of simply celebrating our success, we have intensified our efforts. In the years since our initial classification, we have developed the Office of Community-Based Learning, The Farm at Stonehill, The Brockton Service Corps, Camp Shriver and many other community engagement programs.”

Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the Community Engagement Classification. Unlike the Foundation’s classifications that rely on national data, institutions participated voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community. This approach enabled the Foundation to highlight elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not commonly represented in the national data on colleges and universities.

“The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities,” said John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. “These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”

Stonehill’s Community Engagement Initiatives

Since earning initial Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation in 2008, Stonehill has introduced a number of additional community engagement efforts. Most notably:

The Office of Community-Based Learning

Established in 2009 as part of the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Community-Based Learning supports community partnerships, teaching and research.

Community-Based Learning Courses

The College has dramatically increased its yearly community-based learning course offerings from 18 in 2008 to more than 60 today. Community-based learning courses, which include a regular classroom course with additional hours used to create and implement service projects or conduct research in partnership with a local community organization, are now taught by more than three dozen faculty from more than 20 academic departments at the College.

The Farm at Stonehill

Launched in 2011, The Farm at Stonehill supplies local food banks and soup kitchens with organic, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables. The Farm also serves as a living laboratory for faculty and students, providing a forum for a variety of topics including sustainability, food politics, agriculture, gene plant research, religious studies and environmental ethics.

Stonehill Service Corps

The Stonehill Service Corps introduced a local site in 2013, allowing recent graduates to make a one-year commitment to living and working in schools, hospitals, and agencies serving low-income populations in the city of Brockton, Massachusetts.

H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program

A staple at Stonehill for nearly two decades, the H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program has been expanded to include trips during winter break and summer break in addition to the traditional spring break trips.

About The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals, and institutions to advance teaching and learning. We join together scholars, practitioners, and designers in new ways to solve problems of educational practice. Toward this end, we work to integrate the discipline of improvement science into education with the goal of building the field’s capacity to improve.