Putting Value into Public Service

  • Carl V. Patton Georgia State University
Keywords: Higher Education, Public Service


Public service can be made more attractive and more productive both individually and institutionally by introducing a "value" concept to each project or task, showing that it is a productive and worthwhile opportunity rather than an act of charity and a drain on resources. The author discusses ways of evaluating the worth of a public service activity to the community, to the state, to the profession, to the institution, and to faculty members, and shows how the concept can be institutionalized.