The tripartite mission of the land-grant university – teaching, research, and community engagement – has evolved over the course of the past 150 years. The intensified concentration on empirical activities in the last half century, however, is thought to have created a mission-related imbalance that often has relegated teaching and community engagement activities to second-tier status within the academy. In tandem, there have been several unforced errors on the part of universities that have diminished the public’s belief in the return on investment associated with a college degree. The argument is made for an increased emphasis on teaching and learning activities in order to properly align the land-grant mission for the 21st century needs of our nation.
Gavazzi, Stephen M.
"Teaching Excellence: The Core of the Land-Grant Mission,"
Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence: Vol. 4:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/jete/vol4/iss1/4