Carnegie Foundation touts Virginia Tech’s community engagement work

two female student working in a garden

Hannah Perlman, left, a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise; and Kristina Lundquist, a junior in the College of Engineering majoring in mechanical engineering, pull weeds in a landscaping project at an elementary school in Christiansburg. The project included moving garden beds to the playground for children to work on and clearing a space by a creek to hold science classes.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 7, 2015 – Renewing recognition first won in 2006, Virginia Tech has achieved community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

In a rigorous application process, the foundation required the university to prove that over the past several years Virginia Tech has practiced community engagement that is “deeper, more pervasive, better integrated, and sustained.”

“Because of our scientists and extension specialists, food is safer and its supply is more secure, water is cleaner, grain is better able to withstand disease, and Virginia’s farmers have better access to markets,” wrote former Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger in an opinion piece he co-authored for The Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2012, which was included in the Carnegie application. “Computers are faster and more energy efficient. Football players are better protected from head injuries. CHARLI, Virginia Tech’s first untethered, autonomous, full-sized walking humanoid robot, takes mechanical engineering to new heights with each step.”

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