Working Group

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Working Group
Terms of Reference
May, 2019

Context and Purpose

The Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification and has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in US higher education for the past 13 years.  A Canadian Pilot cohort has been convened to explore the Classification and consider how it might support community engagement in the Canadian context.  KPU has been selected as one of 16 institutions in Canada to participate in this pilot, with framework submission complete by January, 2020.  The KPU Carnegie Pilot Working Group meets to assess KPU’s completion of the Framework, with break-out groups, as required.  The following is the pilot timeline:

January 30, 2020: Completion and Submission of Classification Application

March – May 2020: Site Visits, Learnings, and Recognition

May 2020: Recognition and Closing Convening

May 2020 – December 2021: Process to collectively author Canadian Carnegie Classification Framework


  • Steve Cardwell, Vice President, Students
  • David Burns, Associate Vice President, Academic
  • Deepak Gupta, Associate VP, Research
  • Randall Heidt, Vice President External Affairs
  • Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning
  • Lori McElroy, Associate Vice President, Office of Planning & Accountability
  • Larissa Petrillo, Fellow, Experiential Education and Community Engagement

Other members of the KPU community are welcome to participate as members at large.  The Working Group has the authority to expand its membership as it deems necessary.

Membership Term:

Convening: May/June 2019

Monthly or bi-monthly meetings: June 2019 – June 2020

Closing meetings: Fall 2020

Commitment: Monthly and bi-monthly meeting, as required.  Members may send delegates or substitutes from their respective offices as needed.

Chair:  New members will nominate and select a Chair from their cohort.  Chair term is two years. 

Resignation: Resignations should be made to the Chair.

Decision Making: The majority of decisions should be reached through consensus.

Amendments: The Terms of Reference is a living document, subject to amendments and changes over time.  Amendments will be made after the Working Group has discussed and come to consensus.