The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals, and institutions to advance teaching and learning. We join together scholars, practitioners, and designers in new ways to solve problems of educational practice. Toward this end, we work to integrate the discipline of improvement science into education with the goal of building the field’s capacity to improve.
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered by an act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center. Improving teaching and learning has always been Carnegie's motivation and heritage.
In 1986, Brown President Howard Swearer was at the forefront of a revolution in higher education when he founded one of the first public service centers in the nation, now named for him — the Swearer Center for Public Service. President Swearer had the foresight to locate the new center within the Dean of the College’s office — at the heart of the undergraduate curriculum. He strongly believed, as President Christina Paxson does today, that public service and experiential learning are essential components of Brown’s educational mission.
Today, the Howard R. Swearer Center works with more than 1,200 Brown students, through and with 100+ community partners -- more than half of which are in the Greater Providence area. In our 30-year history, we have developed and nurtured many deep — and deeply rewarding — relationships with individuals and organizations in Providence that continue to inspire us and our work. We connect students, faculty and community partners through community engagement, engaged scholarship and social innovation -- three key perspectives that are the foundations of our work.
Located in Canada on British Columbia's west coast, SFU is comprised of three distinctive campuses, 30,000 students, 6,500 faculty and staff, and 130,000 alumni. We have been consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities and we were recently named to the Times Higher Education list of 100 world universities under 50.
Our vision is to be one of Canada’s leading engaged universities, defined by a dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement.
Our approach to community engaged scholarship and service is strategic, collaborative and distributed, resting on the principles of inclusion and diversity; mutual trust, respect and accountability; sustainable approaches; healthy relationships; equity; and knowledge creation.
The McConnell Foundation is a private Canadian foundation that develops and applies innovative approaches to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. We do so through granting and investing, capacity building, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public.
Building on our partnership with Ashoka U to bring the Changemaker Campus Designation to Canada, and as a complement to activities related to “Building Social Infrastructure”, the McConnell Foundation has joined the collaboration as a strategic learning partner; serving as an advisor, convener and capacity builder. In seeing how the Carnegie Classification is used alongside parallel initiatives in the US, such as the Changemaker Campus Designation, we see the Carnegie Classification as an opportunity to further deepen the civic and community engagement of Canadian postsecondary institutions.