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Carnegie Foundation Recognizes Berea

Berea College is one of 119 distinguished colleges and universities selected for the prestigious 2008 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

The Carnegie Classification, a division of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, considered Berea’s history of service to the community and the departments that make it possible, including the Appalachian Center, the Ecological Sustainability Education Program, Gear Up, CELTS (Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service), the Internship Program, Upward Bound and the Carter G. Woodson Institute.

Ashley Cochrane, Berea’s Associate Director for Service-Learning and Student-Led Service Programs, remarks, “From tutoring and mentoring local children, to helping to build homes for low-income families, to bridging language barriers between the Spanish-speaking and English-speaking communities, honoring elders in our community, helping local non-profit organizations build capacity and carry out programming, educating peers and community members about issues ranging from hunger and homelessness to environmental sustainability – Berea College students are committed to giving back to the community through service and service-learning.”

The foundation is an independent policy research center that seeks to recognize institutions for their outstanding services to the community. The Classification arranges institutions into three categories: curricular engagement, outreach, and partnerships. As stated by The Carnegie Foundation, the primary mission is "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher." The profession of the teacher reflects upon many contributions of Berea College, including students’ abilities to teach one another and participate in projects that target social and environmental issues in Appalachia.

Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk reports: “We hope that by acknowledging the commitment and accomplishment of these engaged institutions, the Foundation will encourage other colleges and universities to move in this direction. Doing so brings benefits to the community and to the institution."

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