Co-Operation in Agriculture, Marketing, and Rural Credit (Classic Reprint)by Charles B. Austin
Purpose. Every university should serve not only its resident student body but also the entire community. This is true in a peculiar sense of a state university; supported as it is by the taxes of all the people, it is under business obligation to render back service to each citizen and to the
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Purpose. Every university should serve not only its resident student body but also the entire community. This is true in a peculiar sense of a state university; supported as it is by the taxes of all the people, it is under business obligation to render back service to each citizen and to the commonwealth. In a general sense a university fulfills this obligation by sending educated young men and women back into their home communities to carry with them the culture of a broader outlook; the skill acquired through professional training as lawyers, teachers, doctors, nurses, home-makers, business men; and especially the inspiration to unselfish service as citizens that is the intangible and priceless asset of university life.
Taking the University to the People. This indirect contact with the whole people of the State is, however, not sufficient. The constant aim of the President and Regents has been to broaden the scope of the University of Texas with the broadening interests of the State, and to bring its benefits within the reach of as many individuals as possible. In 1898 the Summer Schools were opened and have been maintained each summer since for the convenience of students who are unable to attend the long session, especially for the teachers of the Texas schools whose professional work fills the winter months. As a further step toward making the University directly useful to large numbers of people who are unable to attend the classes of either the long or the summer session, the Department of Extension was established four years ago. This Department has developed rapidly, and its work is now carried forward under seven divisions as follows:
The Division of Public Welfare. It is the purpose of this division to go into the field and investigate the economic and social conditions in the State, with a view of collecting such reliable data as may present a basis for intelligent efforts at improving such conditions.
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