The Journal of Higher Education
Should the American research university have a strategy for renewing its civic mission in a diverse democratic society and, if so, what should it be?
Many American research universities were established with a civic mission to prepare students for active participation in a diverse democracy and to develop knowledge for the improvement of communities. Today, however, it is hard to find top administrators with consistent commitment to this mission, few faculty members consider it central to their role, and community groups that approach the university for assistance often find it difficult to get what they need.
Checkoway, Barry, "Renewing the Civic Mission of the American Research University" (2001). Higher Education. 127.