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The University of Louisville entered 2009 with a new rating as one of the nation’s top "community engagement" schools from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Carnegie Foundation gives UofL highest rating

The University of Louisville entered 2009 with a new rating as one of the nation’s top "community engagement" schools from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

UofL was one of only 119 schools in the United States and three in Kentucky to earn top marks in two areas, curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships. The foundation developed the rating to recognize colleges and universities that are deeply involved with their communities.

University of Louisville "We are honored to be recognized as a university closely tied to its larger community," says UofL President James Ramsey. "UofL always has played an integral role in education, health care and economic development in our city and across our state. This designation enforces our key role and helps illustrate our accountability to the commonwealth."

Carnegie developed its rating for community engagement in 2006. Schools receiving the classification have addressed community-identified needs, deepened students’ civic and academic learning and enhanced the wellbeing of the community, according to the foundation. They also have demonstrated teaching, learning and other scholarly activities engaging faculty, students and the community in "mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration."

Achieving the community engagement designation from Carnegie was one of the goals in "The 2020 Plan: Making It Happen," UofL’s current strategic plan for continuing its path to national prominence.

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