A new review of the Land-Grant Universities for the Future book just came out in the Fall edition of Academe, a periodical published by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). It can be read in its entirety here.
The reviewer made quite a few astute observations about the book, including the following statement:
“Overall, according to Gavazzi and Gee, the public is wary of the intellectual activities of land-grant institutions because they do not see a community gain. Research is a luxury to the public, which prefers good teaching, even over engagement. The public wants efficiency rather than waste, but this can lead presidents and chancellors to reduce essential services and staff or contract out various services to improve resources.”