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Carnegie Foundation Honors NLU’s Community Engagement NLU's community partnerships, service learning get national recognition


Carnegie CEC digital sealNational Louis University is proud to announce it has been recognized with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.

This honor recognizes NLU’s support of community partnerships and service learning, as well as the university’s collaboration with local, regional, state, national and global communities to exchange knowledge and resources.

“Community engagement and service are part of National Louis University’s DNA, and we are honored to earn the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification,” said NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.

“For more than 127 years, NLU has been committed to collaboration and commitment to communities in the service of creating positive change.”

The Carnegie Foundation used evidence-based documentation of universities’ practices to evaluate their community engagement.  The Community Engagement Classification takes place on a five-year cycle.

National Louis University’s Civic Engagement Center Team began collecting data and documentation in 2012 for the classification. Examples of NLU’s commitments to the community include partnerships supporting Grow Your Own Teachers, Reading Recovery Center for Literacy, the Urban/Suburban Scholars Teacher Education Program, Veterans Program, Academy of Parents in Leadership – just to name a few.

The classification also is based on academic community engagement, including teaching the pedagogy of service-learning. Specifically, more than 80 faculty members were interviewed about what they do in their classes to further community engagement.

A full press release describing the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Recognition and listing awardees from coast to coast can be found here.