In 2020, Illinois State University received the Elective Classification for Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. This national designation honors the work that Illinois State University has done in engaging students and community organizations to advance learning and to improve the greater community.
According to Illinois State University President Dr. Larry Dietz:
“Civic Engagement is a core value of this University, and I am pleased that the Carnegie Foundation has recognized our commitment and efforts by awarding the University the Elective Classification for Community Engagement. Through the center, we support students, faculty and staff with in-class and out-of-class learning experiences that partner with the community. These experiences are prime examples of how we live our values every day.