MU Receives 2015 Carnegie Foundation Awards for Curricular Engagement and Community Outreach

In January 2015, MU was awarded two prestigious distinctions from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching– the Curricular Engagement classification and the Community Outreach classification.

According to Carnegie, the Curricular Engagement classification is awarded to scholastic institutions that provide teaching, learning and scholarship to engage faculty, students and the community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Awarded institutions address the needs identified by their local communities, extend civic and academic learning for students, and continually improve their scholarship availability.

Carnegie’s Community Outreach classification is awarded to scholastic institutions that apply and provide institutional resources for the community to benefit the campus and the community with exchangeable ideas, exploration of these ideas and other applications of knowledge and resources that are beneficial to both parties.

“These awards are about a campus-wide commitment and the real dedication of faculty, administration and students to community and civic engagement,” says Dr. Anne-Marie Foley, director of the Office of Service-Learning. “However, it’s not just hard work – it’s an important and prevalent belief system and philosophy for this campus. That’s what has made it so easy for our office to do well.”

Twenty-five years ago this April, the MU Office of Service-Learning was founded upon these principles of campus and community engagement. In its founding year, the Office of Service-Learning started the MU Community Engagement Project (MUCEP) with 15 students providing service with two community partners. In 2015, the office has placed nearly 4,600 students with 420 partner non-profits, schools and government offices.

The Office of Service-Learning has become so successful as a result of the extreme dedication and effort mentioned by Foley, along with excellent partnership results.

In 2014, 96 percent of MU service-learning students were rated as “excellent/very good” by the community agencies and organizations where they served, and more than 74 percent of these service-learners exceeded the required service hours for their particular course. Specific categories where students were ranked “excellent” include: professionalism, attendance, cooperation, dependability, resourcefulness, interaction and communication.

In addition to supporting service-learning campus-wide, the Office of Service-Learning has expanded into several other important programs and initiatives – Civic Leaders Internship Program (CLIP), Congressional Internships, Not-For-Profit Internships, the Minor in Leadership and Public Service, Global Service Program and MU Global Service Award: The Peace Corps Prep Program.

The campus-wide service-learning program and Office of Service-Learning initiatives have garnered multiple national awards, including:

  •  The President’s Award for Higher Education and Community Service, with Distinction: 2013-2014, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011
  • APLU Exemplary Program Award, 2013
  • The Missouri Community Action Association Community Partner of the Year Award – 2012
  • The Advance Missouri Award, Curators of the University of Missouri – 2011
  • The Truman Foundation Award for Public Service Education – 2008
  • The Carnegie Foundation Award for both Curricular Engagement and Community Outreach – 2007

The APLU Exemplary Program Award is the most competitive, awarding colleges and universities that have recreated their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become further involved with their communities.

The Truman Foundation Award for Public Service Education awarded to the Office of Service-Learning was one of only two given that year.

To learn more about the Office of Service-Learning’s distinctions and programs, please visitmuserves.missouri.edu, facebook.com/muserves,twitter.com/MU_Serves or muserves.wordpress.com. You may also schedule an appointment with OSL staff by phone at 573-882-0227, email at servicelearning@missouri.edu or in-person at 208 Lowry Hall.