IPFW receives Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification

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Press release from IPFW:

IPFW Receives Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

(January 5, 2010) – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Chancellor Michael Wartell and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011) that IPFW has received the Foundation’s prestigious Community Engagement classification.

Chancellor Wartell said, “IPFW has always striven to be a part of the community and to have the community be a part of the campus. Today’s recognition by the Carnegie Foundation shows we have achieved both goals and we will continue partnering with the community.”

Wartell recognized the 15 partnerships listed in the university’s application for the Community Engagement classification:

  • Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC)
  • Parkview Hospital
  • Eliminating Health Disparities
  • History Center Digital Collections
  • Northeast Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Resource Center (NISTEM)
  • LEAD
  • Companies in Residence (FAME, Fort Wayne Community Band, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Fort Wayne Youth Symphony, Unity Performing Arts Foundation, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Choral Union, and Community Orchestra)
  • The Philharmonic
  • Sweetwater
  • Wireless Technology Center
  • Strawtown
  • DePuy
  • Leadership Fort Wayne
  • Columbia City Trailhead
  • Curriculum Connection

Beginning in 2006, the Community Engagement classification included 76 United States colleges and universities. IPFW is one of 115 institutions being added to the classification today, bringing the total to 311.

The Foundation describes the Community Engagement classification as collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The Community Engagement classification is elective and is based on an institution applying for the designation. It includes the collection of additional data and documentation, with substantial effort invested by participating institutions.

Other speakers at today’s news conference included Susan Hannah, professor of political science and former Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs, who spearheaded IPFW’s application process, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, and Daryl Yost of NIIC.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an Act of Congress, and is an independent policy and research center. Its current mission is to support needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge.

For more information, contact Hannah at 260-481-0148 or hannahs@ipfw.edu.

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