Lots of colleges and universities now claim that engagement is the next big thing in higher education. But providing engaged experiences has been central to James Madison University since its founding in 1908. In fact, the school’s first catalogue included this passage written by its first President, Julian Burruss:

… it is obvious that the work of the school can no longer be confined to theory and books, but must seek its material in real things, in nature, in the practical activities of industry and commerce, in the business, civic and social interests of life. Without depreciating the limitless stores of useful knowledge bound up in printed volumes, it must also draw from the outside world …

Madison College: The First Fifty Years. 1908—1958. Raymond C. Dingledine, Jr. March 1959.

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