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Central College Recognized by Carnegie for Community Engagement

Featured: Central College Recognized by Carnegie for Community Engagement

January 16, 2024

The American Council on Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced that Central College is one of 40 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the 2024 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.

This important classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee. Central submitted 100 pages of documentation for its renewal application.

“We recognize these institutions for their exceptional commitment to community engagement, and their work to transform knowledge into meaningful action,” said Timothy Knowles, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. “They exemplify the true spirit of the Carnegie endorsement and the power of serving the public good.”

“Central is committed to engaged scholarship, teaching, learning and outreach and Carnegie provides external recognition of the high-quality programming we’ve created,” says Central President Mark Putnam. “Community engagement translates into improved learning outcomes for students and assists with attracting high-quality scholars to teach at Central. For students seeking a highly engaged college experience, this illustrates the exceptional opportunities available at Central.”

The classification award demonstrates Central has made and continues to make extraordinary commitments to its mission of being engaged citizens of its communities. The process ensures Central is leveraging the power of the institution to positively impact Pella and the broader community.

Central was re-classified for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which it received initially in 2015.

“Now is the opportune moment to pay attention to these recently classified and re-classified institutions, as they dedicate themselves to fortifying their public purpose missions. Let us draw inspiration from their remarkable contributions through community engagement, enhancing both teaching and research, and simultaneously benefiting the wider community,” said Ted Mitchell, president of ACE.


About ACE

ACE is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. As the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, our strength lies in our diverse membership of more than 1,600 colleges and universities, related associations and other organizations in America and abroad. ACE is the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on X (formerly known as Twitter) @ACEducation.

About The Carnegie Foundation

The mission of the Carnegie Foundation is to catalyze transformational change in education so that every student has the opportunity to live a healthy, dignified and fulfilling life. Enacted by an act of Congress in 1906, the Foundation has a rich history of driving transformational change in the education sector, including the establishment of TIAA-CREF and the creation of the Education Testing Service, the GRE and the Carnegie Classifications for Higher Education. The Foundation was also instrumental in the formation of the U.S. Department of Education and Pell Grants, and most recently in the use of networked improvement science to redress systemic inequities in educational opportunities and outcomes.

About Central College

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year college known for its academic rigor, engaged citizenship and character formation, experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), athletics and service. For more information about Central College, visit central.edu.