CUMBERLAND — The Carnegie Foundation has announced that Allegany College of Maryland is one of the 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.

The classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee led by the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University.

“These newlyclassified and re-classified institutions are doing exceptional work to forward their public purpose in and through community engagement that enriches teaching and research while also benefiting the broader community,” said Mathew Johnson, executive director of the Swearer Center.

“Allegany College of Maryland, with its long history of community and civic engagement, is honored to receive the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. We are proud of be one of only two Maryland community colleges to receive this honor,” said Cynthia Bambara, president of ACM.

Loyola University Maryland, Salisbury University and University of Maryland Baltimore County also earned the designation this year. Anne Arundel Community College and Towson University were named in 2015.

The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 14 years with multiple classification cycles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2020. 

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