Becoming a Member

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) invites higher education institutions to join it in the effort to bring the highest quality scholarship to community engagement, to build evidence-based university-community partnerships across all disciplines, and to demonstrate through actions, the value of higher education for the re-invention of society in the 21st century. The ESC welcomes institutions committed to scholarship-focused community engagement to join in its efforts as members of the consortium.


All institutions of higher education are invited to become ESC members if they have demonstrated a commitment to engaged scholarship, as evidenced by the Carnegie Foundation's Elective Classification in Community Engagement, or by other demonstrated evidence, as evaluated by the ESC Membership Committee.

Categories of Membership and Annual Fees*

Annual institutional membership fees are based on the Carnegie Basic Classification, a framework originally developed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in the early 1970s, and administered since 2021 (along with all other all Carnegie Classifications), by the the American Council on Education (ACE) in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Annual institutional membership fees are currently assessed as folows:

R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity ($5,000)

R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity ($3,500)

D/PU: Doctoral/Professional Universities ($3,500)

Master’s Colleges and Universities ($2,500)

Baccalaureate Colleges ($1,500)

Associate’s Degree ($1,000)

To look up the classification of a specific institution, see:

More Information

For more information about becoming a member institution, please email inquiries to You may also download a flyer about institutional membership.


*The currency of all fees listed on this page is the United States Dollar (USD).