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Community Engagement Beyond the Buzzwords: Student Internalizations of the Land-Grant Mission

Megan Jeanette Myers


The mission statements of land-grant institutions consistently describe their students as “engaged.” Beginning with an analysis of the mission statements of Midwestern land-grant institutions, this study discusses the results of a pre- and post-test of a subculture of undergraduate students enrolled in a course with a required community engagement component. The study assesses the dissonance or alignment of the ways mission statements describe students and the ways students describe themselves.


Mission statements, student engagement, Midwest, engaged citizen, Morrill Act

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