ERIC Number: ED239569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Public Service in Higher Education: Practices and Priorities. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Research Report, 1983.
Crosson, Paticia H.
Public service in American colleges and universities is reviewed. Major controversies related to the mission of public service in higher education are discussed by examining three metaphors commonly used to characterize the nature of colleges and universities: ivory tower, social service station, and cultural mart. Attention is also addressed to four perspectives on the question of how the public service mission is best fulfilled: through ideas of value, social criticism, social problem solving, or social activism. In addition, the ideal of public service is traced historically. State-of-the-art information concerning patterns and practices by major type of service is presented, with attention to community service by community colleges, service to urban communities, service to state and local governments, and partnerships between higher education and business and industry. Examples of the following types of partnerships are provided: research partnerships; consortia; and university, industry, and federal initiatives. The question of organizing for public service is addressed, along with organizational issues of structure, policy, reward systems, and resources. Finally, recommendations for future research are offered. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Activism, College Role, Community Colleges, Consortia, Educational History, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Industry, Organizational Climate, Problem Solving, Public Service, Research Projects, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Social Action
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.