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USF Earns National Recognition for Commitment to Community Engagement

The University of South Florida has earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2015) - The University of South Florida has earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The important national designation recognizes colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement. USF also received the designation in 2010 and 2006, the first year it was offered. USF is one of only four public universities in Florida to earn reclassification in 2015.

USF’s commitment to community engagement is highlighted by the 4,000 students enrolled in the nearly 200 service-learning courses offered by the university. In the past year, those students have performed 60,000 hours of service to the community which, based upon federal calculations of the value of volunteer work, means they’ve provided 1.25 million dollars of community-engaged work on behalf of local organizations in service-learning classes alone.

In addition to benefitting the community, these activities also enhance student success through increased academic performance, graduation rates and career preparation.

USF is one of a small group of public research universities nationwide with very high research activity to be designated as community engaged.

Unlike the Carnegie Foundation’s other classifications that rely on national data, this is an “elective” classification -institutions participate voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.

For more information on the distinction, click here.

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