ECU granted Carnegie community engagement recognition for another six years

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – For the third reclassification cycle, East Carolina University earns the 2024 Carnegie endorsement for the university’s work for communities across the globe.

ECU is one of forty other colleges and universities to be recognized and endorsed with this by the American Council of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

“This designation provides external validation of the university’s resource commitment and infrastructure along with external partnerships that support mutually beneficial community engagement efforts,” said Dr. Sharon Paynter, acting chief research and engagement officer at ECU. “This is one way ECU delivers on its promises to be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation.

According to the university, this is the third reclassification cycle in which ECU has earned this title. The first was in 2008 and then in 2015.

“We recognize these institutions for their exceptional commitment to community engagement, and their work to transform knowledge into meaningful action,” said Timothy Knowles, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. “They exemplify the true spirit of the Carnegie endorsement and the power of serving the public good.”

This endorsement will last for another six years.