Anchor Institution Network

This is an optional Innovation & Leadership credit. These credits recognize exemplary practices and performance above and beyond what is recognized in standard credits and may not be relevant to every institution. Scoring in the Innovation and Leadership section is capped at 4 bonus points total.


Credit Language

IN 2: Anchor Institution Network – version 2.2

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Anchor Institution?

Consistent with The Democracy Collaborative, anchor institutions are “enterprises such as universities and hospitals that are rooted in their local communities by mission, invested capital, or relationships to customers, employees, and vendors”.

What “equivalent programs approved by AASHE” can be claimed under this credit?

The following regional, U.S. and International programs have been claimed as equivalent programs:

Example Responses

  • California State University, Sacramento – Great documentation on the institution’s commitment to anchor partnerships. Good reporting example of an institution participating in the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Anchor Learning Network.
  • Cleveland State University – Good documentation on the institution’s commitment to anchor partnerships (includes news story). Good reporting example of an institution participating in the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Anchor Learning Network.
  • University of San Diego – Good documentation on the institution’s commitment to anchor partnerships. Good reporting example of an institution participating in the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Anchor Learning Network.
  • University of Denver – Website documentation includes a link to the institution’s Anchor Commitment. A good reporting example of equivalent Anchor programs (Denver Anchor Network)

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • To count, institutions must demonstrate participation in the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative or an equivalent network approved by AASHE. Affirmative responses must be supported.

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