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ERIC Number: ED478812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
The Current State of the Land Grant University System.
Roberts, T. Grady
This discussion of the current state of the land grant university first looks at the past to see the origins of land grant universities and their original purposes. Then, each of the three components of land grant institutions is explored: teaching, research, and extension. At present, the quality of teaching at land grant universities is of some concern, although the quality and variety of degree options is high. Whether land grant universities are meeting the original intention of providing an education for the common man is an interesting question; this function may be met today by community colleges. Land grant universities have excelled in research and continue to do so. The case may be made that the extension services have had unparalleled success in achieving the original purpose of diffusing practical information to the people of the state. However, the future of extension is uncertain. Land grant universities face interesting dilemmas about teaching and challenges in setting research agendas. Extension is the area most likely to face difficult issues in the future, especially in light of the decreasing population directly involved in agricultural production. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A