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Vol. 10 No. 2

The Next Wave: Building a University Civic Engagement Service for the Twenty-First Century

November 10, 2010


Historically, America’s land-grant universities offered
non-elites access to higher education while developing and
disseminating new, practical knowledge (particularly agricultural
science). In the late twentieth century, the historic landgrant
mission was eclipsed by other institutional concerns.
Efforts now are under way around the country to revive that
tradition within higher education and make it relevant to the
social and economic needs of citizens and communities in the
twenty-first century. At the University of Maryland at College
Park, the Engaged University Initiative is working to help refocus
the institution’s commitments and resources (human, intellectual,
financial) to build toward a civic engagement service
that will be relevant to land-grant universities nationally.