Incorporating Public Service into the University Mindset

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


Universities can help advance society through the provision of public service and generate a substantial return on this investment. There are many vehicles for public service, including volunteerism, serving as the convener of groups, conducting relevant policy research, collaborating with government and business, and involving key public officials in our efforts. With the right incentives, faculty members can be encouraged to undertake major public service efforts that make a difference. But planning and policy program staff need to rethink their roles, serve as catalysts, take risks, aim high, and lead.