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Caring for the Community

SDSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top university for community engagement.
By Hallie Jacobs

San Diego State University was recently selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification. 

The award was presented by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an education policy and research center. The foundation classifies SDSU as a Doctorate-Granting Institution with High Research Activity. The new classification emphasizes SDSU's commitment to serving the local community.

“This acknowledgement recognizes SDSU as an institution that is committed to engaging with reciprocal partnerships between the university and the community,” said Jose Preciado, director of academic engagement programs for the Division of Undergraduate Studies. "We're always striving for higher levels of community engagement — how do our students benefit? How will our community partners benefit?"

The classification, which is valid until 2025, was awarded to SDSU because of the campus' clear mission, diverse culture, commitment to leadership and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.

Open doors

Preciado credits SDSU's many community partnerships — including the Sage Project and the College Area Community Garden — with the achievement of this distinction.

In addition to partnerships, the campus also launched Arts Alive SDSU, which promotes the work of SDSU arts students, faculty and staff to cultivate a creative campus arts community. 

As a member of the College Area Community Council, SDSU works with its neighbors to improve the quality of life and enhance community pride for the College Area.

About the Carnegie Foundation

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals, and institutions to advance teaching and learning. 

The Foundation joins 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.