In order to be selected, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.

A total of 361 institutions have been successfully classified in the Community Engagement Classification since 2006. Campuses that received the classification in 2006 and 2008 had to undertake a re-classification application and review in order to retain the classification.

The classification is effective through 2025.

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