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Daemen Receives Prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
Daemen Receives Prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Daemen College has been selected as one of 240 institutions nationwide to receive the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, making it the second time the college has received this prestigious designation. Daemen is one of only two private institutions in Western New York of the five local colleges and universities to receive the classification.

“Being selected for this esteemed Carnegie national honor underscores Daemen’s campus-wide commitment to community partnerships, civic engagement and outreach in Western New York and well beyond our region,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This distinction is a significant credit to our students, faculty and staff and their exceptional efforts to strengthen and enrich the well-being of our communities.”

Daemen joins an elite group of 361 colleges and universities across the country, including those that earned the distinction during the 2010 selection process, to have received this distinguished designation. The college was noted for its “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”

Awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the designation recognizes the “collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional, state, national, and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”

First offered in 2006, the Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification based on voluntary participation by institutions. It involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments.

“The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities,” said John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, which oversees the classification process.

Over the past decade, Daemen has established 35 local and global service learning partnerships. What’s more, in 2013-14, almost 500 students from the college engaged in more than 25,000 total hours of service-learning and community-service initiatives.

The Carnegie classification, which is effective for the next decade, follows Daemen recently being named for the seventh consecutive year to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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