The Carnegie Foundation announced Wednesday, Jan. 7, that Emory & Henry College will continue to be included in its Community Engagement Classification, joining a select group of institutions nationwide that have been recognized for exemplary practices of community engagement and support.
This decision follows a comprehensive national review and re-classification process that began in 2013. Emory & Henry was originally admitted to the Classification in 2008.
Emory & Henry, which is home to the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, was recognized for its “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement,” according to Anthony S. Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation.
In each academic year, an average of 95 to 98 percent of E&H students are engaged in some form of civic involvement or service. The Appalachian Center for Civic Life, which strives to integrate education with service and citizenship, is home to an expansive list of programs and initiatives that allow students to achieve tangible outcomes for human gain and address the root causes of social inequalities.
The Community Engagement Classification is recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of the E&H commitment to communities, according to Dr. Tal Stanley, director of the Appalachian Center for Civic Life.
All across this campus, students and employees devote themselves tirelessly to service throughout our region and beyond. Every day the people who are Emory & Henry College work to make a difference through lasting engagements with people, places and cultures.Dr. Tal StanleyDirector of the Appalachian Center for Civic Life
Emory & Henry is one 157 American colleges and universities to be reaffirmed in its Community Engagement Classification, after being classified originally in 2008. Emory & Henry is now only of only 361 institutions nationwide that hold the classification.
Emory & Henry’s classification is valid until 2025. Currently, only six institutions in Virginia hold the classification, including Emory & Henry, James Madison University, the University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech.
Administered by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), the classification is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. Central to the classification process is a “documentation framework” developed by a team of national advisors to help applicants (and reviewers) assess the nature of an institution’s community engagement commitments.
As part of the classification, Emory & Henry agrees to monitor and develop its engagement practices so as to position itself for successful re-classification in the future. “Through this classification, Emory & Henry has an excellent opportunity to enhance its impressive programs in community engagement and service to the people of Southwest Virginia,” Stanley said. “This is not only a wonderful opportunity for Emory & Henry, but for the many people and places it serves.”