Leadership at institutions of higher education have historically embraced some level of commitment to the well-being of the communities where they are physically situated. This commitment is typically reflected in the institution’s mission and culture. Having campus-based programs naturally lends itself to this type of stewardship because students, faculty, and administrators live and work together in a relatively defined geographic area. For distance institutions of higher education that embrace community stewardship as part of their mission, the commitment is experienced differently, but with no less vigor.

The national dialog about best approaches to strengthen communities will no doubt heighten and become...

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About the Author:

Laurie Carbo-Porter, PhD, RN, CNE is the Acting Dean for the School of Health Sciences at Excelsior College where she oversees the development of new curricula and programs as well as ongoing systematic program evaluation. In collaboration with faculty and staff, she works to establish the vision and direction for the College’s School of Health Sciences.

Dorcey L. Applyrs, DrPH, MPH is the Public Health Faculty Program Director in the School of Health Sciences at Excelsior College. In her role, she oversees the development of Public Health degree programs and faculty.