Dominican has earned the 2008 Community Engagement Classification designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Dominican received the elective classification in both the areas of Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. Dominican joins such institutions as Duke University, Georgetown University, Purdue University, Emory University and several California State Universities (including Fullerton, Long Beach, and San Bernardino) among the institutions honored with the classification. Acquiring this designation brings national recognition to our campus and highlights our commitment to community service and engagement.

Among the 217 institutions that began the application process, only 119 were successfully classified as engaged institutions. In order to be selected into any of the three categories, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among their mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.

This is the second major honor Dominican has received this year for our advancements in community service. In February, the Corporation for National and Community Service named Dominican to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth. We look forward to continuing to demonstrate our commitment to the Dominican values of community and service.

A Dominican task force compiled and submitted the successful application. The task force was led by Julia van der Ryn, director of Service Learning. Other members included Julia Arno, director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Thomas Burke, director of experiential learning in the Department of Adult and Extended Education; Jenny Li, director of Institutional Research; Martha Nelson, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; Ruth Ramsey, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy; Harlan Stelmach, chair of the Department of Humanities; and Sherry Volk, associate vice president of academic affairs.

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