Higher Education Consortium Leads to College Students Taking a Fresh Look at Continuing Challenges for their Region
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 4 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-4-April-2007
Institutions of higher education have long had teaching, research and service as their primary missions.
Emphasis among those three areas of activity can vary substantially from one institution to another. For
example, a land grant university may have a greater emphasis on service or outreach to the
communities it serves than would, say, a traditional liberal arts college. Society appears to have an
increased expectation that the research conducted at research universities will lead to economic
development opportunities (Yusuf & Fink, 2007). Fortunately, each type of institution has much to offer
society at large and the communities or regions where located.
The challenge may lie with organizing the resources across institutions to secure synergism. One such
attempt, sponsored by The Center for Rural Development (The Center) is described here, along with
information about a specific initiative designed to involve students from a variety of colleges and
universities across a region.