Chapter 1: Introduction: academic commitment and leadership as a model for the 21st-century university
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Why and how are universities battling their perception as “ivory tower” and declaring their social commitment or responsibility? This opening chapter sets the foundations for our discussion of university-society relations and, importantly, reorients such discussions of academia’s social role and of the impact of universities on the public good towards commitment and leadership. With detailed description of terminological choices, we define the novel model of academic commitment and leadership (ACL), characterize it by its three main themes, and set it as the model of social engagement that befits the 21st century university.