University of Iowa

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers
P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost
January 23, 2013
Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Following on the work of the 2009 UI Strategic Planning Task Force on Public Outreach and Civic Engagement, theOffice of the Provost established a Committee on Engagement to begin operationalizing an “engagement roadmap” for the University. During its first year, one of that committee’s most important efforts was to explore the possibility of pursuing the Carnegie Foundation’s elective “Community Engagement” classification. Based on the Engagement Committee’s review the University has decided to pursue the classification. Success in this endeavor will raise the profile of the great work faculty, staff, and students are already doing—and provide a catalyst to help us strengthen and create new partnerships with the communities we serve.

The application for the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, to be submitted in April 2014, will require extensive documentation of activities across campus and of the University’s institutional commitment to engagement. I am pleased to announce that Colin Gordon, professor in the Department of History, has agreed to lead the process of preparing the application. He will devote part of his time to this effort over the next two years and in that capacity will report jointly to the Offices of the President and Provost. Please join me in thanking Professor Gordon for taking on this important responsibility.

If you have questions or want to learn more about how you can contribute to the development of the application, please contact Professor Gordon at