Metropolitan State University is named in two lists honoring higher education organizations for their work in aligning community engagement and academics: the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification, a classification Metropolitan State earned for the second time, and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which named Metropolitan State in both its General Community Service and Education categories.
“Community engagement has been a core principle of Metropolitan State since the founding vision of a ‘university without walls,’ whereby student learning occurs in many places and communities, and the entire metropolitan region becomes the campus,” says Devinder Malhotra, interim president. “As we’ve grown as a public, urban university to meet the challenges and opportunities of the region, we’ve remained focused on being woven into, rather than merely built within, the Twin Cities communities we serve. I am honored and humbled by the work that our students, faculty, staff and community partners have done in partnership to merit this recognition.”
Developing engaged citizens remains a crucial element of Metropolitan State University’s vision, with more than 4,800 students participating in nearly 70,000 hours of community service in the last year.
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