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Role of higher ed in creating an enduring sense of civic agency

"...Who teaches civic agency and how it is taught go[es] to the heart of challenges facing higher education," writes Harry Boyte in the current edition of Change magazine. "The devaluation in the academy of the intelligence and talents of those without degrees and credentials is tied to detachment from place...As the cultures of research universities became detached, higher education lost the connections that teach students how to work in communities."

Read "Against the Current: Developing the Civic Agency of Students" for more about civic agency, technocratic creep, and strategies for institutional change that would make democracy a way of life on college and university campuses.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs