Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement

Several campus-level awards for excellence in public engagement are given each year to recognize faculty and staff members, students, and community members who engage the public to address critical societal issues.


“Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.” Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

The Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification is an elective classification that is based on voluntary participation by institutions, of which Illinois is one.


See eligibility requirements, criteria, and nomination information by visiting each category link below. Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement (CAEPE) are presented at the annual Celebration of Academic Service & Leadership Excellence.


For more information about Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement, contact the Major Awards Coordinator in the Office of the Provost at