Information-Age Populism: Higher Education as a Civic Learning Organization


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Viewing higher education as an environment “ripe for change,” Harry Boyte makes the case for colleges and universities to forsake their traditional bastions of cloistered scholarship to become “civic learning” organizations. Many faculty members are willing and able to pursue their interests in the public relevance of teaching and research. What is needed to undertake the democratization of the production and diffusion of knowledge, Boyte says in this report from the Council on Public Policy Education, is to stress the need for disciplines to interact across porous boundaries with the wider world.

Harry C. Boyte is founder and codirector of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship based at Augsburg College and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

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Civic Learning
Higher Education