Alvernia University Earns Carnegie Foundation Recognition


The Carnegie Foundation announced today that Alvernia University has been selected as one of only 23 institutions in Pennsylvania and 361 across the nation to receive its newest Community Engagement Classification.

The Carnegie 10-year classification recognizes a commitment to community engagement in higher education and reaffirms institutional commitment to deepen the practice of service and to further strengthen bonds between campus and community.

"We are pleased and proud to have our community and civic engagement programs once again recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as among the very best examples within higher education. Through the Holleran Center for Community Engagement and O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service, Alvernia continues to integrate community service and civic engagement throughout our university. These efforts ensure our students are well trained to make a positive difference in the world after they graduate,” said Alvernia University President Thomas F. Flynn.

Carnegie labeled several of Alvernia’s endeavors as “excellent,” including alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement. The foundation also said that the university showed “exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement.”

“Clearly, higher education is making significant strides in finding ways to engage with and contribute to important community agendas. There is much to celebrate,” said Carnegie Foundation President Anthony S. Byrk, in a letter recognizing Alvernia’s achievement. “These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals, and institutions to advance teaching and learning.

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