ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington is one of 115
U.S. colleges and universities selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. These
institutions join 196 schools identified in the 2006 and 2008 selection process.
Colleges and universities with an
institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the
classification. Unlike the Foundation’s other classifications that rely on
national data, this is an “elective” classification. Institutions who chose to
participate submitted required documentation describing the nature and extent
of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.
A critical part of that community
engagement is taking shape just a few blocks from UT Arlington where the
College Park District is being built. Spanning more than 20 acres and totaling
more than $160 million, the emerging district comprises three major components.
At its hub is College Park Center, a 6,500-seat special events center. To the
north is College Park, a mixed-use development that will include a residence
hall and apartments, retail shops and restaurants, an 1,800-space parking
facility, and a new University welcome center. And to the south is The Green at
College Park, an inviting new park for use by the entire community.
“Progress of this magnitude could
not happen in a vacuum. Our growth and success are tied inextricably to that of
our city, and we couldn’t ask for a stronger partnership or a better model for
town-gown relationships,” said James D. Spaniolo, UT Arlington president.
“Together we are creating a true college town environment that is changing the
face of downtown Arlington.”
Through a classification that
acknowledges significant commitment to and demonstration of community
engagement, the Foundation encourages colleges and universities to become more
deeply engaged, to improve teaching and learning and to generate socially
responsive knowledge to benefit communities. “We are very pleased with the
movement we are seeing in this direction,” said Carnegie President Anthony
To learn more about the
Foundation and the institutions in the Community Engagement Classification,
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