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All members are required to complete these forms no later than Friday, March 27, 2015. Failure to submit these forms on a timely manner will disqualify you from participating on Coyote Cares Day.

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CSUSB receives national recognition for community engagement programs


Cal State San Bernardino is one of only 240 U.S. colleges and universities that have successfully achieved or renewed its Community Engagement Classification from the prestigious Carnegie Foundation.Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification was first awarded in 2006 and recognizes campuses for excellence in curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships.

To be selected, institutions provided detailed descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.

“To be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for our campus’s dedication to volunteer service is truly a wonderful achievement,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “I am extremely proud of our students, faculty and staff in their commitment to helping those in need, especially in the communities served by CSUSB,” he said.”It’s what makes Cal State San Bernardino special.”

“The designation by Carnegie provides important national recognition for the quality and quantity of our service to the community,” said Diane Podolske, director of CSUSB’s Office of Community Engagement. “It was an honor to be designated in 2008, and this renewal is a significant affirmation of the continued growth of our faculty, staff and students’ service.”

In in 2013-2014, more than 1,370 Cal State San Bernardino students participated in the university’s 145 course selections that offered a service learning component, Podolske said.

Students contributed more than $2.1 million to local communities through more than 82,000 service hours.

CSUSB’s community outreach efforts have earned the university eight straight years of recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary, campus-wide service efforts.

“The importance of this 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.”

“This is the first time that there has been a re-classification process,” said Amy Driscoll, consulting scholar for the Community Engagement Classification. “And we are seeing renewed institutional commitment, advanced curricular and assessment practices, and deeper community partnerships, all sustained through changes in campus leadership, and within the context of a devastating economic recession.”

CSUSB was among the 157 institutions that were successfully re-classified from the 188 campuses that were eligible for re-classification, of which only 162 applied.

This year, out of 241 first-time applicants eligible to apply, only 133 institutions submitted applications, and 83 were successfully classified as community-engaged institutions. The successful campuses represent 33 states and U.S. territories.

A listing of the institutions that hold the Community Engagement Classification can be found on NERCHE’s website.

The Carnegie Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (now housed at Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research) continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others.

Contact the Office of Community Engagement at (909) 537-7483 or visit its website for more information about the CSUSB’s community outreach and partnership programs.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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