The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized UT Austin with its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. I’m proud of our Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and Vice President Greg Vincent for attaining this designation.
UT Austin is among 83 institutions receiving this relatively new classification for the first time, and among those, we are one of just six universities designated by Carnegie as having very high research activity.
At UT, we live out our mission of service in many ways. A few examples include:
- UT Austin’s many efforts and partnerships to improve Pre-K-12 education including the work of the UT Outreach Centers in under-served high schools around the state and the University Interscholastic League’s academic competitions and programs that reach every school district in Texas
- Initiatives to improve healthcare, especially the establishment of the Dell Medical School and the School of Nursing’s collaborative research center
- 82 percent of our students volunteer, providing 1 million hours of community service each year, much of which is coordinated through the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement
- Our commitment to academic-service learning courses
Currently 366 institutions of higher education hold the Carnegie classification out of more than 3,000 institutions nationwide. Twelve universities in Texas hold the designation, including five in the UT System.
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