Stonehill Awarded Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification
January 05, 2009
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has acknowledged Stonehill's numerous community engagement efforts by approving the College for its Community Engagement Classification in two categories, Curricular Engagement as well as Outreach and Partnerships.
Nationally, Stonehill was one of 18 baccalaureate colleges selected and the only liberal arts college in Massachusetts to earn the distinction.
"One of the things that makes Stonehill distinctive is its exceptional curricular and co-curricular service initiatives. This honor recognizes the commitment of the College to community engagement. It also acknowledges the dedication of our non-profit partners, as well as the outstanding efforts of our students, so many of whom undertake volunteer and community-based learning opportunities," said Director of Community Service & Volunteerism Nuala Boyle.
"We hope that by acknowledging the commitment and accomplishment of these engaged institutions, the Foundation will encourage other colleges to move in this direction," the Foundation's president, Anthony Bryk, said in the written statement.
The selection process was overseen by a National Advisory Panel, which consisted of several scholars and experts in the field of community outreach.
The elective classification provides a way for institutions to describe their identity and commitments to community with a public and nationally recognized classification.
A total of 147 institutions applied for the classification while 119 were approved, including Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan, and several other leading colleges and universities.
Boyle organized a group of six Stonehill administrators last spring to begin work on the application process, which involved extensive data collection on the College's numerous civic engagement activities.
The Stonehill community has established strong ties with the local community through several service organizations and programs such as the student-run Into the Streets program.
The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) hosts many programs for community-based nonprofit organizations throughout the year, including over 100 in 2008.
The CNM's signature learning program, the Breakfast Series, brings together nonprofit professionals and volunteers each month for training sessions over breakfast. It has also developed, coordinated, and hosted an Executive Peer Coaching group.