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The Role of the Land-Grant Institution in the 21st Century

  • Author(s): Sherwood, James E.
  • et al.

The paper focuses on the land-grant mission of outreach to its community. It reviews the history of the land-grant institution and its missions, especially in the context of changes in higher education at the end of the 20th century that affect funding, demographics, and institutional mission and culture. UC Berkeley provides a case study. The paper proposes that land-grant institutions need a specific organization or unit dedicated to lifelong learning, and that there needs to be a national, standard-setting body for engagement.

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