Land-Grant Universities Seek Ways of Reinforcing the Service Component of Their Mission, (June 26, The Chronicle of Higher Education) addressed the changing role of service in the three-pronged mission of teaching, research, and service for land-grand universities. As many universities decrease their agriculture outreach, service goals have been questioned at many land-grant universities. But universities engaged in their communities are more relevant than ever and can enjoy a higher level of local support.
As a result, university missions need to evolve. One option is for missions to become “more strategic and more collaborative” and to “better integrate service across the university and with other prime institutional purposes, teaching and research.”
The article recommends expanding topics for engagement in a way that is “valuable scholastically but also deeply relevant to the communities they serve.” In times when state support for higher education is decreasing, public support for universities increases when there are tangible and direct benefits to the community.
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