Academic journal article Human Ecology

The Power of Partnerships

Academic journal article Human Ecology

The Power of Partnerships

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From the beginning of the land grant university, the power of partnerships was clearly recognized and integral to the mission of generating new knowledge and translating that knowledge into effective and accessible education and into solutions to societal problems. The initial partners were the state and federal governments and the universities themselves. In New York, county governments soon joined the partnership, supporting local outreach extension programs. Today the partners have expanded to include stakeholders, other nonprofit organizations, industries, private foundations, and others.

The recent Land Grant and Outreach Panel Reviews at Cornell recommended that our partnerships be expanded and strengthened. Technology transfer and community and economic development are important mutual interests between our college and its partners. These mutual interests drive our shared investments in research, outreach extension, and education.

Approximately 20 percent of our budget funds research. About half of our research is in partnership with federal agencies through their support for research grants, contracts, and land grant research. The other half is in partnership with the state through state appropriations for land grant research, state agencies through their support for research grants and contracts, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and industry sponsors.

Approximately 21 per cent of our budget funds outreach and extension. …

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