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Photo of Minerva statueUNCG has been recertified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a 2015 Community-Engaged Institution. The Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement classification is awarded for “deep engagement” at local, regional, national and global levels.

UNCG, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a High-Research Activity University, earned its initial Community Engagement classification from Carnegie in 2008. UNCG is one of only 157 American universities and colleges that were recertified for 2015.

“I am proud of the work of UNCG faculty and students that has resulted in this renewed recognition by the Carnegie Foundation,” said Provost Dana Dunn. “This designation reaffirms UNCG’s continued commitment to engaging the greater community and to providing opportunities for our students to serve while they learn and carry out their research.”

The interconnections between teaching, scholarship and public service were critical to UNCG’s application, said Dr. Emily Janke, director of the UNCG Institute of Community and Economic Engagement. UNCG’s focus on mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships with communities set the university apart.

These partnerships are just a sampling of programs highlighted in UNCG’s application:

  • GK 12 —  A $2.8 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant enables UNCG graduate students to enrich science lessons for hundreds of students at three High Point schools. Graduate students in biology, chemistry and geography work with students and teachers at Montlieu Elementary, Welborn Middle and Andrews High schools to investigate the health, biological and socioeconomic effects of changing land use patterns in the region.
  • City Oasis — The City Oasis Project is building an urban farm in the Warnersville community that not only produces food but also create jobs in the low-income area. Marianne LeGreco, a UNCG communication studies professor who specializes in health communication and food policy, has played a key role in the project, which also involves UNCG students.
  • Sustainable Glenwood — Through the Sustainable Glenwood project, UNCG faculty and students are serving one of Greensboro’s historic neighborhoods by offering affordable, innovative and sustainable preservation. Travis Hicks, director of UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design, has involved many UNCG interior architecture students in Sustainable Glenwood, working in partnership with Preservation Greensboro.

For more on community engagement at UNCG, visit http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/.

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