University of Idaho Selected for Carnegie Foundation 2010 Community Engagement Classification

Wednesday, January 5 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho's focus on engaged scholarship and student learning opportunities through outreach has garnered attention from a national audience.

The Carnegie Foundation announced today that the university was selected for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification.

"We are pleased with this recognition of our work in advancing engaged scholarship and student learning outside the classroom," said Duane Nellis, University of Idaho president. "Engagement has been one of my core priorities. This acknowledgment from the Carnegie Foundation reinforces our commitment to build partnerships around the state and make a difference in the communities we serve."

The university's engagement is extensive, involving each of its colleges and regional centers around the state. Among the examples recognized for this selection process:

• An initiative to increase the quality of early care and education programs for children.

• WWAMI medical education outreach programs for rural and other medically underserved areas in Idaho.

• Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival education clinics and workshops for students from 325 schools around the region.

• An innovative and experiential science curriculum for K-12 students at the McCall Outdoor Science School.

• Collaborative research at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies to develop solutions to existing and future energy needs; educates energy professionals in implementing these solutions; and promotes informed dialogue regarding our energy future.

• A Triangle Project from the Center for Ecohydraulics Research that helps inform policy decisions about proposed development in Chile's Biobio basin and the remote Patagonia region in a way that preserves biodiversity, quality of life and the integrity of the ecosystem for future generations.

"These exemplify the depth and breadth of our engagement efforts in the state and beyond," said Priscilla Salant, university coordinator for Outreach and Engagement. "This is an affirmation of our success, and supports the use of the resources we've committed toward making a difference in Idaho and beyond."

The Carnegie Foundation has identified four areas of community engagement that require ongoing work by all institutions, including: assessment; reciprocal partnerships; faculty rewards; and integration and alignment with other institutional initiatives.

"We are successfully working in all four areas," noted Salant. "These are our priorities, and we're working to ensure that our engagement and outreach efforts are integrated with the university's 2010-2015 strategic plan."

According to the Carnegie Foundation, the university's application "documented excellent alignment with our mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement."
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit