Fall is a season full of hope and promise on college and university campuses when students arrive to begin a new academic year. They bring with them energy, talent and exuberance for their academic and co-curricular interests, and, increasingly, they bring a deeply held belief in their responsibilities to one another and their communities.
American higher education has a long and distinguished history of contributing to the public good through teaching and research in every imaginable field, inspiring forward thinking and creative ideas that have enriched our culture and added to civic life. Today, there is a particularly exciting shift toward thinking of, and implementing, public service as an essential part of the primary mission of higher education. A growing number of academics see community-engaged teaching and research as a pathway to high quality teaching and research.