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Georgia Southern University is seeking to achieve the Carnegie Community Engaged Elective Classification (CCE), which is an elective classification that reflects the university’s mission and commitment to community engagement. The process involves a self-assessment of Georgia Southern’s policies, procedures, and involvement with community engagement.  

Approval of Georgia Southern’s application would allow the institution to join 359 campuses in the United States who currently possess the designation. Among them are six institutions from the University System of Georgia.  Achieving this designation would be a testament to the impact that Georgia Southern makes on not only its region, but its community.

What is community engagement?
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The Carnegie Foundation defines community engagement as collaboration between institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The results of these collaborations include shared knowledge and resources between Georgia Southern University and the community, increased research opportunities for students and faculty, engaged students who not only have an enriched educational experience, but also understand the importance of being responsible citizens, and an opportunity for Georgia Southern University to contribute to the public good.
Why seek the classification?
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This university-wide initiative seeks to:
  • support the university’s Strategic Pillar of Community Engagement to demonstrate the university’s commitment to partnership, serving as a community resource, and strategic growth
  • illustrate Georgia Southern University’s mission to enhance quality of life in an effort to promote students, faculty, staff and alumni having a global impact
  • promote community-based teaching, research and scholarship
  • highlight how Georgia Southern University’s community engagement efforts, demonstrate a mutually beneficial and reciprocal exchange of knowledge and value for the institution, its students, faculty, staff and community partners
  • How will the campus community be involved?
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    Campus members will be involved in the process by supplying data and information for the application to their CCE committee representatives. Those representatives are:
  • Mary Kate Allen, Office of the Provost
  • Chris Camiscioli, University Communications and Marketing
  • Emily Dove, Financial Accounting
  • Angela Harn, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Gleen Hart, Athletics
  • Shaheim Johnson, Student Government Association
  • Kendria Lee, External Affairs
  • Doris Mack, Office of Registar
  • Dr. Chris Olson, Institutional Research
  • Brenda Richardson, First and Second Year Experience
  • Sidney Stoddard, Faculty Senate
  • Carnegie Community Engagement Timeline

    • University Committee members announced.

    • Submit letter of intent.

    • Internal due date for final submission.

    • Application due date.

    • Campuses notified.

    Committee Leaders

    Decana Schartner
    Delana Schartner (Co-Chair)
    Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Academic Affairs
    Urkovia Andrews
    Urkovia Andrews (Co-Chair)
    Assistant Director for Service-Learning, Student Affairs
    Jodi Kennedy
    Jodi Kennedy (Co-Chair)
    Director of Leadership and Community Engagement, Student Affairs

    Last updated: 5/24/2024