Five California State University Campuses Selected by Carnegie Foundation
for Distinctive Community Engagement

(December 23, 2008) – Five California State University campuses ­– Fullerton, Long Beach, San Bernardino, San José and Stanislaus – have been honored for their community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

These CSU campuses join an elite group of 195 colleges and universities across the country, including five other CSU campuses – Chico, Fresno, Monterey Bay, San Francisco and San Marcos – that received the honor in 2006.

“The California State University is proud to have 10 campuses – nearly half of our 23 institutions - recognized by the Carnegie Foundation,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “As the largest system of higher education in the country, the CSU prides itself on its commitment to students and their commitment to communities. What our students learn in college translates in to them being better civic leaders when they join the workforce.”

The Carnegie Foundation recognized the campuses in the joint category of curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships. To win the distinction, the campuses fully demonstrated an alignment of community engagement efforts with their institutional mission, resources and practices.
 

  • CSU Fullerton highlighted its distinctive capacity for conducting cultural and multi-lingual research in reaching out to underrepresented populations. One exemplary program is the university’s 5-year, Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (WINCART) program, in which students work with faculty to increase knowledge, awareness and behavior change among under-represented and under-researched minority populations that are at risk for cancer.

  • CSU Long Beach’s Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) in partnership with METRANS Transportation Center presented an annual town hall meeting to foster education, research and information exchange that largely contributes to the resolution of port-related conflicts. Town Hall videos are used as teaching and training tools at schools and trade association meetings.

  • CSU San Bernardino featured its $2.4 million Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve the academic attainment of Hispanic and low-income students through academic support, career preparedness training, and paid service learning internship opportunities.
  • San José State University, the City of San José, and partnering non-profit organizations showcased CommUniverCity San José, a unique collaborative effort in which the university, city and community work together on projects that focus on three themes: community health, education, and neighborhood environment.
  • CSU Stanislaus’ leading community C.A.R.E.S. Resource Center showcased its program with the homeless of Turlock.  Services include literacy and job search preparation.  

The Carnegie Foundation invited colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement to apply for the classification. Institutions electing to participate submitted required documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community.

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 92,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.


About the Carnegie Foundation
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with a primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher." The improvement of teaching and learning is central to all of the work of the Foundation. The Foundation is located in Stanford, Calif. More information may be found on the website at www.carnegiefoundation.org.