November 07, 2014
Last month, I wrote about the importance of multiple points of access to institutions like the University of Arizona. Our land-grant mission calls us to improve the prospects and enrich the lives of people from communities throughout Arizona. Creating multiple points of access to the opportunities that we create as a public research university is critical for our ability to fulfill that mission. As I said then, this commitment means that the UA is fully integrated with the communities we serve and that we partner in ways that are driving the continual evolution of the UA.
An emphasis on locally-rooted research and teaching has become an important component of the mission of many colleges and universities across the U.S. For instance, Appalachian State University declares that its Appalachian mountain home in Boone, North Carolina “profoundly shapes”...