America’s institutions of higher education—liberal arts colleges, comprehensive universities, research institutions, community colleges, and others—are not only centers of learning, but also key community resources. They create a halo effect along economic, cultural, and social dimensions that extends into the greater society. At a time when division, anger, and acrimony are acting like caustic solvents on the civic fabric of the United States, institutions can help the nation bridge those divides by creating opportunities for reasoned dialogue and understanding.
Ochoa, E., (2017). Bridging the American Political Divide: The Role of Higher Education in Advancing Civil Discourse. Diversity and Democracy, Spring/Summer 2017, Vol. 20. Retrieved from: http://www.aacu.org/diversitydemocracy/2017/spring-summer/ochoa
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