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What Does an Anchor Mission Require? Universities Search for Answers

Steve Dubb

Last month, university leaders at two conferences took a hard look at the state of community engagement and what attendees at both conferences called an “anchor mission.” A lot has happened with respect to anchor institutions in the past decade. Ten years ago, anchor institutions existed as kind of an esoteric, quasi-academic concept. Today, the idea that institutions have an anchor mission is widely, albeit not universally, accepted. Katie Parker, a senior research associate at The Democracy Collaborative, a nonprofit helping CUMU support the 31-school Anchor Learning Network, said their network too looks to deepen equity work.