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UNM credited for its community engagement

The University of New Mexico for the first time in school history has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

UNM was one of 44 colleges and universities that earned the designation in 2020 for the first time. A total of 119 institutions received the classification this year, according to UNM’s website. The endorsement shows an institution’s commitment to community engagement, according to the Carnegie Foundation’s website.

bright spot“I’m so proud that the Carnegie Foundation has awarded UNM this prestigious designation,” UNM President Garnett S. Stokes said in a statement. “Our leadership, faculty and staff strive to ensure that we are truly the University for New Mexico, actively embracing and engaging with communities across the state to take on challenges facing us locally and globally. The Community Engagement Classification by Carnegie recognizes that our efforts are indeed changing lives in communities across our state – and around the world.”

The classifications are awarded after a self-study by each college and university is reviewed by the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University. UNM had tried and failed to earn the distinction in a review period in 2015, according to a UNM news release.

In the news release, UNM called the process “formidable” and compared it to undergoing an accreditation review.

In an 85-page application for the designation, UNM cited several awards it gives faculty, staff and students that are rooted in community service and engagement. The application also mentioned the university’s Grand Challenges Research Initiative, which aims to use UNM researchers’ collaboration with the rest of the state to work on sustainable water resources.

“The institutions that we are recognizing today are doing extraordinary work in addressing their societal responsibilities in and through community engagement and service. In doing so, they bring scholarship, knowledge and expertise to bear in the address of real challenges in our communal lives,” Paul LeMahieu, senior vice president at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, said last month in a statement announcing the recipients.

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