As the economy of the Information Age changes from one based on goods and services to one based on knowledge and ideas, earning a college degree has become a necessary step to ensuring job security.
Colleges and universities have become key players in community development efforts as a result of this shift, according to research from Tami Moore, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational studies at OSU-Tulsa. Moore will present “Local to Global: Higher Education’s Role in the Information Age,” the 2012 OSU-Tulsa Faculty Research Excellence Lecture, on Wednesday, April 11 at noon in North Hall 150.
“While workforce development is traditionally the core of the higher education experience, colleges and universities are expanding their contributions to the communities they serve,” said Moore. “These institutions have resources available, including faculty, students and administrators, to develop initiatives that impact the health and social wellbeing of these communities.”
During the lecture, Moore will present research on higher education’s involvement in collaborative efforts and initiatives that impact communities locally, nationally and internationally.
“Colleges and universities contribute so much more to communities beyond the scope of the classroom,” said Moore. “These collaborative efforts bring together groups of people to think creatively to solve problems and address issues affecting areas, in addition to economic development.”
Sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Library, the Faculty Research Excellence Series is free and open to the public.
Attendees may bring a sack lunch or reserve one for $8.95 by calling 918-594-8133 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10.