Between 2019 and 2021, sixteen Canadian post-secondary institutions explored the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and deemed it desirable to found a Canadian version.
The goal: to enable the kind of transformational change that will position Canadian colleges and universities as leaders in partnering with communities to co-create solutions to the world's emerging complex challenges.
What is the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement?
Carnegie Classifications comprise a leading framework for describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. The Community Engagement Classification is intended to support a process for institutional learning and transformation, the outcome of which is an institution in which high-quality community engagement is deeply rooted and pervasive.
What is the Canadian Pilot Cohort?
The Canadian Pilot Cohort (CPC) began as a group of sixteen Canadian post-secondary institutions who agreed to undertake the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification to reflect on its fit in Canadian community engagement contexts. From 2019 to 2021, the CPC worked together as a learning community to explore the existing Classification, and in June of 2021, the twelve institutions that were available during the vote declared with unanimous assent that it was desirable to found and develop a Canadian version of the Classification. The few that were unable to attend the vote expressed their continuing commitment to the values that underpin the purpose of the Classification.