The Public Purpose Institute includes intialives focused on exploring the public purposes of higher education. Current initiatives include the Carnegie Foundation Elective Classification in Community Engagement; Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement; The National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement, the National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement; and other projects.  

Carnegie Elective Classifications

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching sponsors Elective Classifications for those institutions that have made extraordinary commitments to their public purpose.