Proposals to host the Canadian Carnegie Community Engagement Classification have now been recieved

Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. All proposals have now been received and are under evaluation. We thank all institutions and organizations who submitted an Expression of Interest and/or a Proposal. 

The Canadian Carnegie Host (CCH) selection process

The selection process for the Canadian Carnegie Host is occurring in two stages.

  1. Expressions of Interest (EOI). This stage was intended to gather interest from principal-applicant organizations that wished to take a leadership role and provide resources to the inaugural CCCEC. It was also meant to enable collaboration between institutions and organizations who might be interested in a partnership model for hosting. As of June 17, 2022, the EOI stage is now complete.
  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.

Proposal evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated based on criteria including:

  1. Comprehension of the task at hand, plans to manage application processes, communications plans, and other aspects of developing and establishing the Classification
  2. Financial and operational plans, including plans to develop a sustainable financial model, staff development and quality assurance
  3. Commitment to principles of community engagement and experience operationalizing these principles.

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


  • Proposal evaluation and host selection

  • 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.

Original call for proposals text (for reference)

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, through its collaborators – the Canadian Pilot Cohort (CPC) and the American Council on Education (ACE) –  is now inviting proposals from those institutions and organizations in the Canadian post-secondary sector who submitted an Expression of Interest in being 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.