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ERIC Number: EJ1097237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Outreach, Engagement, and the Changing Culture of the University
Byrne, John V.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v20 n1 p53-58 2016
Public higher education is in danger of failing to respond sufficiently to changing conditions that affect the public's need for services. A recognition of the apparent failure of higher education to keep pace with societal change and to meet the additional challenges of declining funding, increased accountability, and shifts in public attitudes led to the creation in 1995 of the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities. With funding and the endorsement of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) created the Kellogg Commission to address the increasing need for change in public higher education in the United States. The Commission recognized that change, if it is to occur, must take place on individual campuses and that all the Commission could do was to stimulate and urge institutions to change. There can be little question that the culture of each university will change as the society in which it exists changes. The question is really whether the changes the university can control will occur rapidly enough, be appropriate to its mission, and protect fundamental values important to educational institutions and to society. During its history, American public higher education has been responsive to the needs of society. It has become the foremost creator of fundamental knowledge the world has ever known and it has demonstrated the ability to meet local, national, and global needs directly through service. But today, the challenges are greater, the need for change more demanding than ever. [This article was originally published in: "Journal of Public Service & Outreach" v3 n2 p3-8 1998. For the author's 2016 commentary on this article, "Commentary: Outreach, Engagement, and the Changing Culture of the University--1998," see EJ1097241.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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