SLU Earns Prestigious Distinction for Community Engagement

January 8, 2015


Saint Louis University has again received national recognition for its longstanding efforts to promote volunteer service and community engagement, this time being awarded the Carnegie Foundation's 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced the classifications on Jan. 7.  Nationwide, only 361 institutions hold the prestigious classification, and only 83 received the designation this year. The classification, which comes from one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished policy and research centers, recognizes institutions' commitment to engaging with local, national and global communities.

“Saint Louis University is honored to be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation, which is promoting the cutting edge of community-engaged scholarship and service,” said Bryan Sokol, Ph.D., director of SLU's Center for Service and Community Engagement, and whose team put together the University's application. “This designation reinforces what many at SLU already know: community matters.”

The Carnegie classification goes hand-in-hand with other recent accolades for Saint Louis University's efforts to engage in the community. In early December, SLU was placed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh consecutive year, earning a distinction for being involved in both "general" and "interfaith" community service.

The Honor Roll, much like the Carnegie Foundation's classification, highlights the role colleges and universities play in addressing community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

On an annual basis, members of the University community provide more than one million hours of service in the region, across the country and around the world. The SLU LAW Legal Clinics, which provides nearly 40,000 hours of free legal service each year, are one of many ongoing service efforts at the University. 

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