The Public Purpose Institute includes initiatives that focus 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, and the National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement, among 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.