Freedom Center Journal


This essay traces the major shifts in UC’s mission and identity, keeping in mind the questions of who it serves, and what service it provides. These may seem rather straightforward concerns, especially for an institution that has had 200 years to hone its mission, but a quick review of UC’s history makes clear that the university community has rarely reached a consensus on these central questions. Just as important, in the recent past, conceptions of UC’s mission and identity have become especially muddled. What follows addresses some broad shifts in the role of higher education in the United States, but also institutionally specific shifts that have arisen from local conditions.