Carnegie Foundation

Rockhurst Awarded Community Engagement Classification

Rockhurst University is the only school in the greater Kansas City metro area to be awarded the 2010 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Only 311 institutions nationwide have received this honor.

This national recognition was given to Kansas City's Jesuit, Catholic university for its commitment to making the community a better place. Many of the programs that were recognized by The Carnegie Foundation are run by the Center for Service Learning and Rockhurst Community Relations.

The classification is awarded to institutions that engage students, staff and faculty with the community through curriculum, by providing university resources for community use and through partnerships that benefit the university as well as community organizations.

Carnegie Foundation Names Rockhurst Leadership Site for Teaching

For the past 10 years, Rockhurst has been moving toward a model of teaching that is more student-centered. In 1998, Rockhurst connected its local efforts to improve teaching and learning to the national movement by joining the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching initiative, and Anita Salem, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, was selected as one of 114 national Carnegie scholars. Her work at the Carnegie Foundation was used to form a local Carnegie Seminar group on campus.

In April 2002, Rockhurst hosted a regional conference attended by 100 faculty in the region and 10 national Carnegie Scholars. Plans include expanding the conference to an annual scholarship of teaching and learning summer institute.

In addition, Rockhurst recently was designated a Carnegie scholarship of teaching and learning leadership site.

"Becoming a leadership site commits the university to a sustained effort of scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning," says Salem. "Rockhurst is exactly the kind of institution that should play a leadership role in promoting scholarly inquiry into student learning since teaching and learning are at the heart of all our endeavors."