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Carnegie Foundation Selects Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College for 2008 Community Engagement Classification

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bunker Hill Community College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its 2008 Community Engagement Classification. The College was specifically recognized for its community engagement achievements in the category of “Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships.”

“We are very honored to have been chosen by the Carnegie Foundation for the community engagement classification,” said BHCC President Mary L. Fifield. “Recognizing the vital role that our Colleges play in the community is especially important, given the fiscal challenges being faced by higher education institutions in 2009.”

In the letter from the Carnegie Foundation announcing this award, Bunker Hill Community College was praised for documenting “excellent alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement…”

In its application, Bunker Hill Community College noted that “promoting civic engagement and leadership is one of six active college-wide goals.” Objectives under the goal include: supporting Service Learning courses, participating in community initiatives, partnering with neighbor organizations, and providing venues for involving the college community in current events and issues.

The College has also created a number of scholarships which stress community engagement. For example, one of the criteria for the BHCC President’s High School Scholarship is demonstrating active involvement in the community. Another scholarship, The BHCC Trustee Service Award, is traditionally received by a student who demonstrates outstanding community service and civic engagement, while maintaining high academic achievement.

BHCC was one of 110 U.S. colleges and universities selected for the 2008 Community Engagement Classification. BHCC was one of only nine community colleges to have been chosen for this honor.

Institutions of higher education with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, previously developed and offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

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Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.