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UNCW honored for volunteer work and community engagement

University officials announced that the university earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. (Source: WECT) University officials announced that the university earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has received high honors for their community engagement.

University officials announced Wednesday morning that the university earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The prestigious honor is given to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement. UNCW is one of 157 institutions nationwide that was reclassified this year.

Officials said the university first received the national honor in 2008.

“UNCW is dedicated to enriching the quality of life through purposeful community and economic engagement,” assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships Jenni Harris said in a news release. "This reclassification is a true testament to the university's commitment to strengthening ties to the Wilmington and regional community through research, partnerships, programs and volunteer efforts – all with a focus on making an impact.”

According to a news release, the Office of Community Partnerships reapplied to retain UNCW's status in April of 2014. 

The Office application focused on the university's community and economic engagement and impact. The application highlighted campus activities and achievements including the creation and implementation of UNCW's Quality Enhancement Plan, the implementation of University Studies, the work of Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations, the development of new internship and undergraduate research opportunities and community-based programs, partnerships, events and research spearheaded by faculty members.

The Carnegie Foundation began the designation in 2006 with 76 colleges.

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