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Rutgers University in Newark Again Classified as a ‘Community Engaged Institution’ by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Rutgers University, Newark, is one of only 115 U.S. colleges and universities selected for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Carnegie Foundation classification recognizes Rutgers-Newark in two categories: “Outreach and Partnerships,” and “Curricular Engagement.” The Outreach and Partnerships category acknowledges Rutgers-Newark’s ability to “collaboratively apply and provide institutional resources that benefit both campus and community,” according to The Foundation.  The Carnegie Foundation defines Curricular  Engagement institutions as ones where “teaching, learning and scholarship engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students’ civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the institution.”

Rutgers University, Newark, was first awarded the Community Engagement Classification in 2006, and placed in the Outreach and Partnerships category. The 2010 classification adds the second category of Curricular Engagement.

“This is an affirmation of Rutgers-Newark’s success in our commitment to our urban mission,” states Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Steven J. Diner.  “Involvement with our host city, combined with research that supports the well-being of our larger society, helps us teach and advance knowledge more effectively,” he observes, “while at the same time we make our community and the world better.”

In 2009, the campus was named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, and also was named one of the 25 “best neighbor schools” in the “Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships.” The survey recognizes colleges and universities that work to spur economic expansion, cultural renewal and other improvements in their host cities.

The Carnegie classification follows on the heels of another recognition of the campus’s community engagement. In September 2010 Washington Monthly magazine ranked Rutgers, Newark, at # 18 in the nation among National Universities for its contributions to public good, in its 2010 College Rankings issue.


Rutgers-Newark is home to the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the School of Law-Newark, the College of Nursing, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and extensive research and outreach centers, including the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. Approximately 12,000 students are currently enrolled in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at the 38-acre downtown Newark campus.