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ERIC Number: EJ1096817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
A History of Change in the Third Mission of Higher Education: The Evolution of One-Way Service to Interactive Engagement
Roper, Carolyn D.; Hirth, Marilyn A.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v10 n3 p3-21 2005
This investigation traces the history of change in public higher education as it relates to its third mission, from the traditional service to the contemporary engagement. The article begins with the emergence of U.S. higher education institutions in the 1600s and documents the changes era by era to the present. In each era, higher education's third mission contributed what society needed and positioned the institution to receive the democracy's support and its financial resources. This investigation and a subsequent study creating a framework for third mission activities are steps toward wider understanding and appreciation of this important segment of higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Hatch Act; Morrill Act 1862; Morrill Act 1890
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