Carnegie Foundation Names OSU a "Community Engagement" University
It is with great pleasure that we begin a new year and a new term with wonderful news from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Today, the Foundation has announced that OSU is one of 115 universities nationwide to receive its "Community Engagement" designation for campuses with exceptional, mutually beneficial relationships with the external communities they serve.
OSU has been focused on building reciprocal relationships with communities around Oregon since the university's founding as one of the nation's original land grant institutions in 1868. That work has expanded over the years, and is manifest today in OSU presences in every one of Oregon's 36 counties. The richly diverse activities that take place in those many disparate locations has woven our university deeply into the fabric of Oregon and will only grow as OSU continues its progress toward becoming one of America's premier land grant institutions.
Please join me in congratulating the team, led by 4H Program Leader Roger Rennekamp, that undertook the extensive preparation leading to our successful application for this new designation. And to those of you whose work helps to connect OSU every day to the communities we endeavor to serve, I offer a heartfelt thanks. There are many attributes that we hope Oregonians associate with our university, but our outreach to and engagement with the people of this state is certainly at the top of that list.
Edward J. Ray