Carnegie Foundation look to Ireland to fund first ever pilot study outside the US on Civic Engagement Classification

Funded by the Carnegie Foundation and the Irelands Funds, eleven Irish HEIs will work with the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway, Talloires Network and University of Massachusetts Boston to progress a year-long Irish study and first pilot of the Elective Community Engagement Classification outside of the US higher education sector.

L-R: Campus Engage, Chair, Bernie Quillinan, UL, Dr. John Saltmarsh, Administrative Partner with the Carnegie Foundation; Dr. Elaine Ward, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Merrimack College Lorraine McIlrath, Coordinator of the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway, Kate Morris and Lewis Purser, IUA.

This is part of a continued national process to find appropriate tools to build an evidence-base of institution’s contribution to civic and community engagement that aligns with the national higher education policy context. This pilot project has been made possible by the Ireland’s Funds and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's vision. It is an important project in that it may enable other international sites to learn from the Irish experience of piloting the classification as well as helping Irish institutions distill engagement activities.

Dr. John Saltmarsh, Administrative Partner with the Carnegie Foundation for the Elective Community Engagement Classification and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston; Dr. Elaine Ward, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Merrimack College will work with Lorraine McIlrath, Coordinator of the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway to deliver this global first. This study is an open invite to all institutions of higher education in Ireland. To access more information about the Carnegie Classification click here

For further information please contact: Lorraine McIlrath, NUI Galway at lorraine.mcilrath@nuigalway.ie