Mercer recognized for community engagement

A national education foundation recognized Mercer University on Thursday for its commitment to community engagement.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which classifies colleges and universities for comparison purposes, selected Mercer for its Community Engagement classification, according to a news release.

It is one of three colleges in Georgia — the other two being Emory University and Spelman College — and 195 nationwide to receive the classification.

“Being among the small cadre of colleges and universities who have received the Carnegie designation not only confirms Mercer’s prominence in the areas of service-learning and community engagement but also positions us to seek external funding to take the next steps in extending our service-learning curricula and community partnerships,” Mary Alice Morgan, Mercer’s senior vice provost for service-learning, said in a prepared statement.

To receive the classification, colleges that wanted to participate had to submit extensive documentation to the foundation.

This year, 147 applied and 119 were classified, according to a news release.