The future will involve a lifetime of learning for those who intend to work or live meaningful, productive lives, especially in the fields of natural resources management. Land-grant universities always have recognized this need for lifelong learning of both professionals and citizens. In order for land-grant universities to reach their full potential as learning institutions engaged with communities, they will need to initiate new forms of leadership within an expanded paradigm that maintains core values while altering the way they serve their students and public. New educational models are needed at the graduate level in natural resources. These new models should be designed to meet growing demand among learners for direct application of content to work settings, and for greater understanding of the dynamic complexity and often-interdisciplinary nature of knowledge. There is also the need to develop capacities among our graduate students for partnership building and leadership for change.
Dann, Shari L. and Payne, Jack M.
"Learning and living : Connecting graduate education in natrual resources with the scholarship of engaged learning institutions and the outreach mission of land-grant universities,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 9, Article 40.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol9/iss1/40