Academic Leadership: The Online Journal (2003-2012)


Joseph Fink III


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.


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