A key contribution of regional, comprehensive universities should be the development of meaningful and effective programs that will further the communities within their service areas. One example of an effective regional engagement program is highlighted in the following reflection. For five years, the Rogers Explorers program has introduced high school students to higher education. These transitioning eighth graders (many of whom would be first-generation college students) are introduced to critical and creative thinking, teamwork, and leadership development skills during the summer program. This reflection was developed by two university professors who took part in the Rogers Explorers program in an effort to further explain the benefits of the experience which could serve as a national best practice example for regional engagement.
Fairchild, J., & Baggett, R. (2012). Regional Engagement through the Roger’s Explorers Program: Linking Higher Education to Appalachian Counties. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, 1 (1). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/prism/vol1/iss1/4