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ERIC Number: ED157429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Defining Effective Community Service in a University Setting.
Kobrak, Peter
Results are presented of a survey designed to elicit the views of deans, department chairpersons, directors of centers and institutes, administrators, faculty, and clientele groups at Western Michigan University on the actual and appropriate role of community service in a university setting. A wide disparity is found between the services the faculty expect and would like the university to provide. Business, government, and private nonprofit institutions differ in their needs, but all would like more contact with the university than is generally believed. To meet such needs, "community" must be viewed as a dynamic concept that varies as a function of the changing needs, interests, and compositions of constituencies external to the university campus. "Service" must include those mutually-defined, initiated, and mutually beneficial activities that contribute to the development of productive community-university interaction. Periodic redefinition of "relevant" service must be accepted as an integral part of managerial responsibility by university administrators. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Western Michigan University
Note: Paper presented at the 1978 Convention of the National University Extension Association (Indianapolis, Indiana, April 11, 1978)