The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Event Details

Carnegie Classification Pilot

Monday, 14th of September 2015 (11:00 – 16:00) @ Irish Architectural Archive

Members of higher education are invited to a special workshop to introduce the Carnegie Foundation for the Community Engagement Classification Pilot Study in Ireland

This will take place on the 14th September, 2015, 11am to 4pm, at the Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

You and your colleagues are invited to participate in this introductory workshop that aims to develop a year-long Irish study to explore the first pilot study of the Elective Community Engagement Classification outside of the US higher education sector. This is part of a continued national process to find appropriate tools to build an evidence-base of your institution’s contribution to civic and community engagement that aligns with the national higher education policy context.


This pilot project has been made possible by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's vision. It is a partnership project co-funded and jointly led by the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway, the Talloires Network and University of Massachusetts Boston. It is an important project in that it may enable other international sites to learn from the Irish experience of piloting the classification as well as helping Irish institutions distill engagement activities.

At the workshop you will be introduced to the classification and the process by Dr. John Saltmarsh, Administrative Partner with the Carnegie Foundation for the Elective Community Engagement Classification and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Dr. Elaine Ward, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Merrimack College. The workshop will be chaired by Lorraine McIlrath, Coordinator of the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway.

This is an open invite to all institutions of higher education in Ireland and we recommend that you forward this invite to others at your institutions that could work with you on this national project.

Click this link to register for the event. There is limited availability for this workshop so early registration is highly recommended.

Documents to help participate in the Carnegie Pilot in Ireland

Campus Engage (2011) National Survey of Civic Engagement in Ireland, Campus Engage: Dublin, Ireland

Having invited all HEIs in Ireland to participate, twenty-four higher education institutions took up the offer. This marks the first time that a survey of this nature has been carried out, representing an initial attempt to map the range of civic engagement activities across Irish higher education. It has happened at a time when civic engagement in higher education is in its early stages of development and has provided individual higher education institutions (HEIs) with an opportunity to document and review the nature of their civic engagement activities.

Times Higher Education Blog

World University Rankings blog: should global league tables consider community engagement? | Times Higher Education

Carnegie Classification Framework Document

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification First-Time Classification Documentation Framework This Documentation Framework is intended to help you gather information about your institution's commitments and activities regarding community engagement as you complete the 2015 Documentation Reporting Form

NERCHE Website - Carnegie Classification Document

NERCHE's Carnegie Classification Information Page - New England Resource Center for Higher Education

Powerpoint Resource

Information Workshop, Dublin 2015

Powerpoint Resource


Carnegie Experience University Videos/Vignettes