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#16. Change No 1, Context

So, let’s start with the first major addition to the new Carnegie application... Context.


The first two questions on the new application aren’t actually about your campus’ community engagement at all, but they represent a huge opportunity.

Many of you have been concerned that Carnegie will overlook the value of your campus’s approach to CE because the way you are engaging the community doesn’t look the same as how everyone else does.

Well, now is your chance to fill them in on why your campus engages the way it does.

Question One, Campus Context | asks for data about the types of students enrolled at your institution, the history and distinguishing characteristics of the institution.

Question two, Community Context | asks for data bout the type of community the institution is situated within, its history and distinguishing characteristics.

Don’t worry, the requested data points are all readily available.

My recommendation


Start with the information that has influenced the campus’s approach to engagement, using that to tell a story that will help the reviewer make sense of what they will read in the rest of the application.

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