ERIC Number: ED282473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-2
Reference Count: 0
Revitalizing the Land Grant University: An Abridgment.
Schuh, G. Edward
The institutional mission orientation of land grant universities and problems faced by these institutions are discussed, along with five tasks involved in redefining and revitalizing the land grant university. A traditional responsibility of land grant universities was to apply science and technology to solve societal problems. Faculty were rewarded for working on societal problems and not solely for publishing in scholarly journals. Alternative research organizations in the private sector, such as the Rand Corporation, do much of the applied research that land grant universities once did and get public support that universities might have received. The educational functions of universities are being displaced by employer-provided education, which tends to exclude liberal and comprehensive learning. It is recommended that land grant universities turn to the previously mentioned five tasks: apply what has been learned about agricultural development to the rest of the economy; respond to the changed economics of education; train and educate students for the international economy; span the gap between the frontier of knowledge and the problems of society; and give university administrators more responsibility in resource allocation. (SW)
Descriptors: Action Research, College Administration, College Role, Education Work Relationship, Educational Economics, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Land Grant Universities, Research Utilization, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Technology Transfer, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Agriculture.
Note: Paper presented at Faculty Seminar of the College of Agriculture "Year of the Scholar" Lecture Series, No. 1, Ohio State University (Columbus, OH, October 2, 1986). Based on paper originally presented at the University of Minnesota, September 28, 1984.