7 Jan

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Friends,

This week marked a very important milestone for WVU. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized West Virginia University’s commitment to service by awarding WVU the 2010 Community Engagement Classification. Only 6% of universities have this designation.

WVU is being recognized for a broad, comprehensive commitment to building partnerships and community, sharing research and resources, and connecting our mission directly to service and outreach.

This commitment to community and connection is the hallmark of our land-grant mission, from our earliest roots in agriculture and mechanical arts education to our newly defined 21st century role as a robust engine for transformation through teaching, research, innovation, and service.

As many of you know, our newest WVU strategic plan for the future embraces five goals. A unifying goal – a goal that informs and connects our commitment to research, education, economic development, diversity, and globalization – is our dedication to enhancing the well-being and the quality of life for the people of West Virginia.

That commitment, simply put, is a renewal of our pledge that no university means more to its state than WVU means to West Virginia. We also pledge never to forget that. This national recognition honors our past commitment, and will also serve as a testament to its continued importance.

I want to thank this caring University community and all of you who have helped us and will continue to help us fulfill our land-grant mission. Thank you for the hours of time, endless passion, scholarly expertise, and streams of good will you contributed in helping us reach this Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. It is a milestone for which we can all be proud.

Very Sincerely,

James P. Clements, Ph.D.

President

West Virginia University

For news release see:

http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2011/01/05/wvu-earns-carnegie-foundation-s-community-engagement-classification