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.
Albion College became the administrative home for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification on July 1, 2020 following the appointment of Mathew Johnson as the 17th President of Albion College. The Classification was previously housed at the Swearer Center of Brown University (2017 – 2020) after being launched at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (2005).
The Board of Trustees at Albion College are deeply committed to supporting the Classification and have established a new Public Purpose Institute to provide this support. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is also deeply committed to securing new funding for the Classification to allow for greater research and support to campuses. The strong support of Albion College and the Carnegie Foundation and will provide great stability in the years ahead as the Classification continues to have a growing impact on higher education.
Located in Canada on British Columbia's west coast, SFU is comprised by three distinctive campuses, 37,000+ students, 6,500 faculty and staff, and over 170,000 alumni. SFU has been consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities and top 15 research universities, and was recently ranked 46th (out of 1,117) in the Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings.
SFU's 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.
SFU's 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.
The Swearer Centre was the administrative home for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification from 2017 – 2020, which includes the period in which the Canadian Pilot Cohort was initiated.
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 that public service and experiential learning are essential components of Brown’s educational mission.