The Call for Expressions of Interest is Now Over

The Carnegie Foundation recently invited Expressions of Interest from Canadian post-secondary organizations to become the host of the inaugural Canadian Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Learn more about the EOI and proposal process below and in our FAQ. And you can read the submitted EOIs here.

Call for Expressions of Interest Text:

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, through its collaborators – the Canadian Pilot Cohort (CPC) and the American Council on Education (ACE) –  invites Expressions of Interest from institutions and organizations in the Canadian post-secondary sector who would like to be considered to fill the role of Canadian Carnegie Host (CCH) of the inaugural Canadian Carnegie Community Engagement Classification (CCCEC). The CCH will share the Carnegie Foundation's vision for its classifications, it will command the respect of the field, it will be committed to the values of community engagement, and it will have the capacity to effectively and efficiently manage a complex undertaking on behalf of the nation of Canada.

The CCH is responsible for providing the resources and leadership necessary to found the Canadian Carnegie Management Team (CMT), for the selection and support of the Canadian Carnegie Classification Advisory Committee (CCCAC), and for the selection and support of the Canadian Carnegie Review Panel (CCRP).  The role of the CCCAC is to provide strategic and policy guidance to the Canadian Carnegie Host while the role of the CCRP is to determine the classification status of applicant institutions.

The Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement provides an independent and rigorous warranting of an institution’s extraordinary commitment to, investment in, and accomplishment at serving its host community and peoples.  It is an internationally recognized framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in post-secondary institutions that was established by the Carnegie Foundation in 2007 and focused initially on US institutions, 361 of which had received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification as of 2020. Beginning in 2019, a group of sixteen Canadian post-secondary institutions (the Canadian Pilot Cohort) began to explore the possibility of developing a Canadian version of the Classification. In June 2021 the CPC made the decision to proceed.

The Canadian Carnegie Host (CCH) selection process

The selection process for the Canadian Carnegie Host will occur in two stages.

  1. Expressions of Interest (EOI). This stage is intended to signal interest from principal-applicant organizations that wish to take a leadership role and provide resources to the inaugural CCCEC.  This stage is also meant to enable collaboration between institutions and organizations who might be interested in a partnership model for hosting.
  2. Request for Proposals (RFP).  Proposals will be considered only from principal-applicant organizations who participated in the EOI stage.  Collaborating, partnering and supporting organizations that were not named in the EOI stage can be named in the RFP stage.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

If your organization wishes to submit an Expression of Interest, please prepare a PDF document (2 pages, maximum) that includes the following information, and send it by email to

  • The name of your organization or institution.

  • The full name, title and contact information (email and telephone number) for the principal contact at your organization.  This should be the name of an individual who can answer questions about your organization's interest in the CCCEC and field questions / interest from potential collaborators.

  • The physical address of your organization as well as the web address of your organization.

  • A statement, signed by the president of your organization, that outlines why your organization has interest in the CCCEC and specifically, in the role of Host.

Please Note: Expressions of Interest will be published to this website: Information shared in Expressions of Interest will be made public on the Submitted EOIs page unless a submitter makes an explicit request to keep information private. The intent in sharing this information is to enable institutions and organizations to explore possible collaboration with other submitters to ensure that final proposals fully reflect the guiding principles for the Canadian Carnegie Classification. 

The deadline to receive all Expressions of Interest is 11:59pm PST, June 17, 2022.

Full process and timeline

  • Call for EOIs made on May 13th, 2022
  • Deadline to submit an EOI: 11:59pm PST, June 17, 2022

  • EOIs posted to the Submitted EOIs page by June 24, 2022

  • Request for proposals opens July 4, 2022

  • Deadline to submit a proposal: 11:59pm PST, October 14, 2022

  • Host selection by December 9, 2022

  • Host begins official duties January 2023

Institutions and organizations interested in submitting an Expression of Interest can find more information in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Spread the word!

Sample letters

Please download these letter templates to send to interested colleagues or senior executives at your post-secondary institution.


* Modèle-de-lettre-aux-collègues.pdf
Date de mise à jour : 2022-05-20
* Modèle-de-lettre-aux-collègues-final.docx
Version MS Word (pour la personnalisation)
* Modèle-de-lettre-aux-présidents.pdf
Date de mise à jour : 2022-05-20
* Modèle-de-lettre-aux-présidents-final.docx
Version MS Word (pour la personnalisation)


* Sample-Letter-To-Colleagues-FINAL.pdf
Last updated: 2022-05-20
* Sample-Letter-To-Colleagues-FINAL.docx
Word version (for customizing)
* Sample-Letter-To-Presidents-FINAL.pdf
Last updated: 2022-05-16
* Sample-Letter-To-Presidents-FINAL.docx
Word version (for customizing)

Informational brochure

Help spread the word by downloading and sharing the informational brochure.

* Call-for-expressions-of-interest-Canadian-Carnegie-Host-20220615.pdf
Last updated: 2022-06-15 - ensuring that the email address for submitting EOIs is correct: