Civic engagement is essential to a democratic society, but far too many Americans have withdrawn from participation in public affairs. Higher education can contribute to civic engagement, but most research universities do not perceive themselves as part of the problem or of its solution. Whereas universities were once centrally concerned with "education for democracy" and "knowledge for society," today's institutions have often drifted away from their civic mission.
Boyte, Harry C. and Hollander, Elizabeth, "Wingspread Declaration on Renewing the Civic Mission of the American Research University" (1999). Civic Engagement. 8.