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The Next Wave: Building University Engagement for the 21 st Century

The Next Wave: Building University Engagement for the 21 st Century Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb, and Ted Howard citizens. At the same time many of the "people's universities" One of the federal government's important contributions to began emulating elite private institutions, chasing federal, democratic life was the establishment of the nation's network of corporate, and philanthropic research dollars and staking their land grant colleges through the Morrill Act of 1862. That act and reputations increasingly on graduate level education (though subsequent legislation led to the creation of land grant instituthe great majority of their students were undergraduates). tions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, land grants Research conducted by faculty with little connection to the at historically black colleges, community colleges for Native surrounding community or citizenry of the state, and withAmericans, sea grant and space grant institutions. out clear and obvious direct application and social benefit, When President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law, the became the norm. Much good work was done, but the honored country's first non-elite colleges were born. Their original mistradition of public service, the transfer of useful knowledge, sion was relatively straightforward: teach agriculture, military skills, and technology to citizens who tactics, and the mechanic arts, as well could http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

The Next Wave: Building University Engagement for the 21 st Century

The Good Society , Volume 17 (2) – Jan 18, 2008

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Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb, and Ted Howard citizens. At the same time many of the "people's universities" One of the federal government's important contributions to began emulating elite private institutions, chasing federal, democratic life was the establishment of the nation's network of corporate, and philanthropic research dollars and staking their land grant colleges through the Morrill Act of 1862. That act and reputations increasingly on graduate level education (though subsequent legislation led to the creation of land grant instituthe great majority of their students were undergraduates). tions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, land grants Research conducted by faculty with little connection to the at historically black colleges, community colleges for Native surrounding community or citizenry of the state, and withAmericans, sea grant and space grant institutions. out clear and obvious direct application and social benefit, When President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law, the became the norm. Much good work was done, but the honored country's first non-elite colleges were born. Their original mistradition of public service, the transfer of useful knowledge, sion was relatively straightforward: teach agriculture, military skills, and technology to citizens who tactics, and the mechanic arts, as well could

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Published: Jan 18, 2008

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