Carnegie Community Engagement

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Mark Falbo, Director Center for Community-Based Learning

Is UNF charged either on a yearly basis or when we apply for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification?

Response from Mark Falbo, Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning:

There are no annual costs/dues for maintaining the Carnegie community engagement designation. At the time we applied in 2010 there were no administrative charges or fees.  I have heard unconfirmed rumors within the community engagement directors network that there MAY be an administrative application fee for those reapplying in 2020. I can confirm that the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is transferring management of the designation to Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research by January 1, 2015. The classification will continue to retain the Carnegie name after the Center for Postsecondary Research takes over responsibility on Jan. 1.

On an annual basis we also apply and have received distinction from the Corporation for National and Community Service who manages the President¹s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  There are no costs or fees associated with this designation/award process outside of the staff time to prepare the application.

In terms of recurring expenses, UNF does hold several institutional memberships eparticularly to facilitate faculty access to the community of scholars in engaged scholarship. One such organization is Florida Campus Compact,, (which includes membership in the national Campus Compact organization). Because Florida Campus Compact is an association of college and university presidents, these dues are paid by the President¹s Office.  We also receive considerable technical support from our state Campus Compact office, including funds for programs, like the community-based learning and STEM Institute offered in 2012. The President¹s office also maintains membership in the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).

The Center for Community-Based Learning pays and holds membership in the Engaged Scholarship Consortium ( and also maintains memberships in the Association for Experiential Learning, International Association for Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement (, and Breakaway, an organization dedicated to the promotion of alternative breaks programs (

I believe the College of Health or the School of Nursing also maintains membership in Campus-Communities Partnership in Health (CCPH) (

In the past few years, the CCBL has supported more than a dozen faculty members, students, UNF staff, and community partners to present peer-reviewed presentations or poster sessions at conferences sponsored by the six organizations referenced above. If needed, I can provide more ROI information related to our memberships in these organizations and the impact on faculty engagement scholarship.

I hope this information is helpful.

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