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Lincy Institute Accomplishments

Apr 7, 2017
David F. Damore, Robert E. Lang, Fatma Nasoz, William E. Brown, Jr., and Caitlin J. Saladino (The Lincy Institute) are the authors of a new policy brief, "Rethinking Cooperative Extension in Southern Nevada."  Abstract: This brief examines the definition and allocation of land-grant status to higher education institutions in Nevada. Drawing on best practices from similar states, the brief offers a structural and programmatic framework for a UNLV-administered cooperative extension in Southern Nevada. This report comes from a larger body of research by The Lincy Institute on the topic of cooperative extension in Nevada. An earlier report explores the administration of university cooperative extensions in the United States through case-study analysis. The Lincy Institute reports on cooperative extension stem from presentations made at a colloquium sponsored by The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West titled, “Making Cooperative Extension Work for Southern Nevada: Fulfilling UNLV’s Urban Land Grant Mission,” held in September at UNLV. Materials from the colloquium can be found online.    

Feb 22, 2017
Fatma Nasoz, Robert E. Lang, and William E. Brown (Lincy Institute) are the authors of a new policy brief from The Lincy Institute titled, "Comparing the Administration of University Cooperative Extensions in the United States: A Case Analysis." For more than a century, cooperative extensions and the land-grant universities have translated and extended research-based knowledge and provided non-formal higher education to their communities. Today, more than 80 percent of the nation’s population are living in urban areas (The World Bank, 2015). Challenges facing diverse populations require cooperative extensions to collaborate and form partnerships to leverage resources and expertise. This brief explores the nation’s Cooperative Extension System, in particular the university cooperative extensions run by 1862 Land-Grant Universities. Researchers developed an intrinsic case study design to examine cooperative extensions in 15 states and interviewed leaders of the cooperative extensions to identify 1) how cooperative extensions collaborate with other institutions in and out of state; 2) whether cooperative extensions use local extension offices for student recruitment or fundraising; 3) funding sources of the cooperative extensions; and 4) whether cooperative extensions meet their goals. Common themes emerging from the study demonstrate a high level of collaboration with other universities and faculty, and minimal use of local county offices for student recruitment and fundraising activities.  

Nov 28, 2016
Magdalena Martinez (Lincy Institute and College of Urban Affairs) has written a chapter that has been published in the book Engaged Research and Practice: Higher Education and the Pursuit of the Public GoodEngaged Research and Practice is about two prevailing and complementary ideas that have surfaced in the higher education arena: engaged research and higher education for the public good. Engaged research is scholarship that not only attempts to open up new knowledge, but also does so with a sense that the new knowledge, insight, and directions have a direct relationship to needs and problems within our communities, institutions, and policy arenas. Martinez offers a critical look at the importance of families and parents in models of higher education access in her chapter,"The Problem With Our Students... Is That Their Families Don't Value Education."       

Mar 1, 2013
Sonya Horsford (The Lincy Institute) was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Villanova University's Center for Peace and Justice Education in January. Her speech was titled "Learning in the World House: Educational Equality and Justice in the Post-Civil Rights Era."