Carnegie Classification initiative

Aligned with Carnegie Foundation standards

UW Bothell recognizes the definition of community engagement developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching:

  • The collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity
  • The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare an educated, engaged citizenry; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

About the classification

The Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions.

It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus. The classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement.


UW Bothell successfully applied in April 2019 and was awarded the elective Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2020. Below are links to a project overview, the charge letter and submitted application. UW Bothell is currently working on its application to retain its classification, due in April 2025.