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Transformational Engagement in an era of Reskilling and Economic Recovery

Transformational Engagement in an era of Reskilling and Economic Recovery

Eric Dunker, Associate for Business Strategies, Associate Vice President and Dean: Business, Technology, and Workforce Partnerships, Arapahoe Community College For over 100 years, universities and community colleges have brought practical research and relevant education to their local communities and industry stakeholders. Presently, models for higher education engagement are more in line with 20th century emphases on academic disciplines and serving historical community needs. These models often lack the agility to be nimble and responsive to present day realities. In the…

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Engagement and Extension-public PR fodder or real?

Engagement and Extension-public PR fodder or real?

Lou Swanson, Emeritus Vice President of Engagement, Colorado State University Scott Reed, Vice Provost Emeritus, Outreach and Engagement, Oregon State University External perceptions of universities, or more specifically for their staff and students, can tip the scales toward deeper and sustained public legitimacy.  Public universities self-proclaim the importance of sharing their extraordinary talents with their publics.  Ostensibly, academic engagement matters.  The value engagement holds for universities is evident in the legacies and present values of Land Grant University (LGU) Extension…

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American Democracy and University Engagement

American Democracy and University Engagement

Lou Swanson, Emeritus Vice President of Engagement, Colorado State University Scott Reed, Vice Provost Emeritus, Outreach and Engagement, Oregon State University It seems commonplace, even self-evident, that public universities are cultural centers for and accountable to our most fundamental sets of beliefs.  Professor James Hansen’s work on Colorado State University’s 150-year history chose the framing title of ‘Democracy’s University’.  During the last decade, CSU went beyond its traditional mission statement to declare a set of ‘Principles of Community’ to govern…

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Time for Extension to Go BIG!

Time for Extension to Go BIG!

It’s time for Extension Services to go BIG Scott Reed, Vice Provost Emeritus, Outreach and Engagement, Oregon State University Lou Swanson, Emeritus Vice President of Engagement, Colorado State University After more than 100 years of ably serving America’s agriculture and natural resource issues, it is past time for Cooperative Extension to step into university-wide leadership roles. With an established presence in more than three thousand county offices, Extension can directly link human and community issues to the intellectual capital of…

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